Relief in respite
Judith Clements cares for her mother Jill, who is living with dementia.
Embracing her role as a full time carer, Judith said although it is a full time job, it is important to make time for yourself so you can recharge your energy.
“Relieved is the best way to describe the feeling I have when mum goes into respite care,” Judith said.
“We want to keep mum living at home, but caring for someone with dementia, is not easy. I don’t think anyone could cope with it completely on their own.
“Respite care helps so much because being a carer is tiring. It’s not physically hard, but it’s frustrating repeating yourself, over and over every day. The stress builds up.
“I’d compare caring for someone living with dementia to looking after a child. The only difference is, a child learns, with dementia they don’t. It’s mentally exhausting.”
Jill visits Silver Chain’s social centre three times a week and has overnight stays every few months.
Judith said knowing her mother is safe and being well looked after gives her and her husband peace of mind and the opportunity to have some time to themselves.
Jill said she loves chatting to people and making friends at the social centre.
“I love sharing stories,” Jill said.
“I read every day and the people here are so and kind and great, I don’t know how they do it.”
If you or someone you know could benefit from respite care, please call our Contact Centre on (08) 9242 0242.