While many of us wouldn’t mind having one or all of these, respite care is essential for my dad, who is my mum’s main carer and desperately needs a break. He is responsible for every aspect of her life: organising and dispensing medication, arranging meals, practical tasks around the house, finding carers to enable him to work part time, which we must pay for, and washing and dressing her. My mum also wakes up during the night and is prone to seizures, which mean my dad is permanently short of sleep. He performs his role without complaint or ceremony and saves the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process.
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