About Short Term Respite Care
My name is Carine Veugeois and I founded Short Term Respite Care when I realised that respite care is not readily available to primary caregivers (usually family members) who want to be able to leave home for a day or more without compromising their loved one's routine at home.
I am a certified Nursing Assistant with extensive experience in different care settings (home care, hospitals including A&E, nursing homes) and I have a special interest in Alzheimer's and dementia-related disorders. I am also a qualified Foot Health Practitioner.
Like many carers I have personal experience giving 24-hour care to a beloved one. I went back to France in 2015 to live with my granny, who was suffering from leukaemia and dementia. It was her wish to stay at home and mine that she continued living as happily and independently as possible.
Becoming my lovely granny's primary caregiver was completely natural to me, a way to try and give back all the wonderful love she had always shown me. It was very challenging but by far the achievement I am most proud of in my life.
I enjoyed every little moment with her and would love nothing more than to go back to the time I spent with her. It was an immense privilege, she was such an amazing, remarkable lady who taught me a lot.
But it was also extremely hard emotionally. It was heartbreaking to see her confusion and struggles. Dementia had such an impact on her personality and her behaviour. After a few months I started to feel exhausted, mentally and physically.
I was lucky that my parents offered me a few days of respite every month. At first I would find it hard to leave my granny. I felt guilty and I also felt that my mother did not know the routine as well as I did. I struggled to relax. But each time after a good night sleep I would start to enjoy my little time away (usually 2-3 days).
I would come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle any obstacles. I would feel more patient and less depressed. Each time it was a pleasure to see my granny again, and of course she and my mother had a good time together, and routine had been followed!
Sadly my granny passed away in 2017. I miss her very much but I find peace of mind in my memories of her and knowing that I was able to be there for her.
I admire anyone who is in the position of being a primary caregiver for a loved one and I understand some of the challenges they face. I also understand how crucial respite is.
I can assure you that we will do our best to offer your loved one the kind of care we would give our own family members or friends.
We work together in partnership with you and with professional, friendly, compassionate self-employed Caring Assistants. We will do our best to match available carers who are most suited to your needs.
And who would care for your loved one as they would for their own granny.