Livewell launches special programme for dementia caregivers who need a break this holiday season

“Caring for a person with dementia can be extremely demanding,” notes Gerhard van der Vyver, Family Advisor of Livewell. “The aim of respite care is to provide some relief for carers, and support them in having a break from their caring responsibilities, to look after their own health and wellbeing.”

“Unfortunately, many caregivers don’t even realise that respite care is an option. They push themselves to the point of actual illness before someone tells them that they can get help. As a primary caregiver, you know very well that your loved one depends on you. But they can’t depend on someone who is not caring for themselves as well,” he observes.

Respite care offers benefits to both the caregiver and the loved one with dementia while providing the opportunity for a well-deserved break even if they aren’t going anywhere. A break from the responsibilities of care means the caregiver can rejuvenate, spend time with their family and just focus on their own mental health.

For the loved one, Livewell offers people with dementia the opportunity to be well taken care of and to participate in activities in a safe and stimulating environment.

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Caring during the festive season: tips and holiday help ideas for dementia carers

The end-of-year holidays are sometimes called the “silly season”, but they could just as easily be called the “stressful season”. As joyful as it can be to bring the family together to celebrate, or just relax, this is also a time when people report experiencing heightened depression and anxiety – and carers of loved ones with dementia are particularly at risk.

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