Respite Care – Taking Care of Patients and Caregivers
Respite care is misunderstood and underutilized in the carer industry. Respite care gives the carer the support and assistance for the family caregiver by giving the temporary care for their loved one or patient. The respite care service relieves carers of the day to day duties knowing that while they rest and restore their energy the patient is still being fully and professionally cared for with their specific needs and requirements as a priority.
Take a Break with Respite Care
People who take on the role of primary carer for a patient have been revealed to be at higher risk of stress-related health conditions such as depression. Regularly scheduled respite care for a caregiver could yield some very beneficial factors for both the patient and the caregiver making it an essential component for all caregiver programmes. Many of the benefits for the caregiver encourage and develop them to perform better at the daily duties therefore directly benefiting the patient.
Respite Care Benefits for Patient Include:
Introduces a variety into the patient’s life with activities design to help build new relationships for the patient
Improve mental health and self-esteem and try to reduce the feeling of isolation and depression for the patient
Encourages opportunities for personal growth, development and help build the patients independence
If the caregiver is not present respite care, ensure the patient will not be neglected and even with the caregiver absent all their needs and requirements are met
Respite Care Benefits for Carer Include:
Provides free time for the carer to use however they desire, be it a holiday or just a family trip or activity
Gives the caregiver freedom to take care of other responsibilities in their life such as educational studies, pursuing a dream career and maintaining a relationship with your family and friends
Reduces the stress and pressure put on a career that comes with the demands of everyday caregiving
Allows the caregiver time to rest and revitalise meaning when they return their energy is restored and their patients improved due to the lack of stress
Having time away with respite care and distancing yourself from the situation may enlighten you to different perspectives and method to apply in the future as a caregiver
If you are reading this blog, then I am assuming congratulations are in order and you are researching your first baby scan!
Most expectant mothers have their first baby scan between 10 and 14 weeks, which marks the end of your first trimester. You are a third of the way through already!
At this stage you may have started getting some weird symptoms, a common one is drooling in your sleep. Fret not, this is all normal and totally worth it in the end! Did you know right now your bundle of love is already fully formed, tiny, but fully formed! In fact, he/she/they are about the size of a plum!
Although every woman is entitled to baby scans with the NHS between 11 and 13+6 weeks, there are private scanning clinics that offer early pregnancy reassurance baby scans at 6-15 weeks. If you are a first-time mummy, this can be a very scary time causing a lot of anxiety. Knowing early on that everything is fine, can make you feel at ease during the start and the rest of my pregnancy.
Once you hit the 16 weeks mark you can have a sexing baby scan with the NHS (if you choose to of course). Your gender scan 16 weeks gives you the perfect opportunity to start shopping for your little one if you choose to know the sex of your baby.
The early medical abortion pill is a medication which combines naturally occurring hormones in the form of tablets, that when taken can terminate an early pregnancy.
How does the abortion pill work?
The early medical abortion pill is just one of the abortion methods used today. The termination of a pregnancy can be achieved with two medicines; misoprostol and mifepristone.
Misoprostol is a tablet containing the hormone prostaglandin, which is inserted into the vagina. Prostaglandin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and works by helping the uterus contract. The mifepristone tablet is swallowed instead of insulted and works by blocking the action of progesterone, the hormone which helps maintain a pregnancy.
When should I take the abortion pill?
A pregnancy can be terminated by the abortion pill up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. If you wish to have an abortion after 70 days (10 weeks), you can visit an abortion clinic of your choice to have an in-clinic abortion.
Does the abortion pill work?
After years of research, the abortion pill has proven to be very effective. The early medical abortion pill works 98% of the time for those who are 8 weeks pregnant or under. After 8 weeks but not past 9 weeks, the pill works 96% of the time and between 9 and 10 weeks works 91-93% of the time.
Is abortion safe?
Due to the split arguments surrounding the subject, many rumours about abortion have been circulated. Abortions are safe but like most medical procedures, does have its side effects. Side effects include:
• Feeling faint or nauseous
• Bleeding and passing blood clots
• Slight dizziness
• At times headaches and skin rashes
• Period pain like cramps
• Miscarriages can occur in some cases before the second tablet is taken