Respite & Short Term Care
This service is needed for many different reasons and for varying periods of time. It can be required at a moment's notice such as after an unexpected operation or illness, or when a full-time carer needs a holiday or suddenly goes sick. Short term care can also be planned in advance and Inter-County will provide cover for as much or as little time as required; this can be for a few hours a day, a week, over a weekend or right up to full-time Live-In Care. We provide a flexible service which can be adapted to each person's situation and circumstances.
Respite care is used as a temporary alternative to a person's usual care arrangements. People who care for someone on a regular basis may want a break or a holiday, or may have other commitments and need to take time off. If this is your situation, Inter-County can provide a carer to visit daily or live with you in your home for as long as required.
The carer will provide domestic, physical and emotional support as well as following your normal care routine. Your primary carer and relatives can confidently enjoy a short time away knowing that someone is on hand 24 hours a day.
Respite care at home can be arranged at very short notice and carers can often be placed within 24 hours of a request being made.
Short Term Care
Convalescing after an operation or illness usually means a period where support is needed until the person is well enough to resume their normal life.
The following categories give guidance on the different levels of support that can be offered:
- Low dependency – where individuals are largely self-caring but need the extra support and reassurance that a carer can provide. This might take the form of housework, shopping, preparing meals and companionship.
- Medium dependency – might typically include assistance with personal care such as bathing, dressing, toileting and mobility in addition to help around the house.
High dependency – can encompass all the above but is offered when people may need assistance with more complex healthcare such as catheter/stoma care, administration of medication and pressure care.
We would be happy to discuss your care requirements and help you choose the most appropriate care.