Take a Break …
In each of our Homes, we have a lovely room which can be used for Respite Care. We will care for your loved ones with the same dedication we give to all our residents. People may consider respite care for a number of reasons:
- after a stay in hospital, while they are waiting to move somewhere permanent
- to have a break or to give their carers a break
- to see if they would like to live in the care home permanently.
Respite care (sometimes called replacement care) is short-term care used as a temporary alternative to a person’s usual care arrangements. People who care for someone elderly often carry on without realising how tired or tense they have become. A break or holiday can help them relax and recharge their batteries. It is important that carers have regular breaks and make time for their own needs.
Many people who care for someone elderly feel worried or guilty about taking a break and leaving the person they are supporting, even for a short period. It is important to remember the following points:
- Sometimes carers stretch themselves too far and become ill, life may then become more difficult for both.
- Carers are entitled to time to themselves, to do what they want to do.
- Many carers find it helpful to discuss their concerns with the qualified staff at our Homes.
It is natural to prefer to stay in familiar surroundings, especially for someone elderly. However, it is important to remember that taking an occasional break is good both for the carer and the elderly person, as time apart will enable both to ‘recharge’ their batteries and feel refreshed.
The benefits of respite care:
- A well-earned break for carers from the day-to-day responsibilities of caring.
- Time for carers to focus on their children, jobs, home and personal health and well-being.
- A respite break can provide a welcome change of scenery for the elderly person, particularly if stuck at home most of the time.
- Help with funding is available in many cases.
- An opportunity to introduce alternative care that may be needed in the future (for example, if the situation deteriorates or an emergency occurs).
Short-term respite and day care guests experience all of the services and amenities available to permanent residents. Dedicated, well-trained care workers are available 24-hours to provide personal assistance with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, assistance with eating, mobility and medication management. Hairdressing and manicures can be arranged as can a visit by the chiropodist if requested.
Day care and respite care can provide a rewarding time for guests with opportunities to make new friends and maybe try out a new activity. After a respite break, guests might even want to come back again and indeed many decide our Homes are right for them and become full-time residents.