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Respite care

Respite care

Many of our residential homes offer respite care for older people who need extra support following an operation or illness, or while their regular carer takes a well-earned break.

Being a full-time carer is a very demanding role. Respite care breaks are an opportunity for carers to take a holiday or simply spend some time looking after their own needs, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the very best care. And respite care can be a valuable break for older people too – it’s a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and try out some new activities and experiences.

We tailor our respite stays to each person’s individual needs and our nursing and care teams have specialist expertise in supporting older people who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, physical disabilities or restricted mobility, and conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Respite care can last for just a few days or as long as is needed.

What to expect

We understand that it’s the personal details that make a difference. We take the time to get to know our respite clients before they arrive, so we can be sure that their stay gets off to a great start. Each respite client has a personal care plan that takes into account their support needs, interests, likes and dislikes, and daily routines.

Every respite client has their own bedroom, which they’re free to personalise with photographs and ornaments from home, to help create a familiar environment. Friends and family are welcome to visit at any time and can join their loved one for mealtimes or arrange special outings with them.

We encourage respite clients to take part in the life of the home during their stay. At the heart of our care philosophy is something we call Activity Based Care, which means giving every resident and respite client opportunities to stay as active and independent as possible.

Arranging respite care

Use the 'find your local care home' search tool on the left, above, to find a residential home that offers respite care in your area. Our care home managers will be able to give you more information about arranging a respite break, including the fees for the stay and the funding options available to you. The cost of respite care is often covered by local councils, but individuals or their carers can also choose to self-fund a respite break.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us or call us on 0333 321 8305.

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