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Short-stay care breaks to suit all needs

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it’s important for you both that you get a bit of time off every now and then. This is where arranging temporary care, also known as respite care, can come in useful. As a carer, you’ll be able to relax knowing that your loved one will be in a safe and comfortable environment, receiving 24-hour care while you recharge your batteries.

We also provide short-term care in our care homes for those recovering from an operation or hospital stay. This is often called convalescent care.

When to arrange respite care

There are lots of reasons why you might want to arrange temporary care for a family member. For example, you might want to consider respite care if:

  • you’re planning a holiday.
  • you need additional support – perhaps after feeling unwell.
  • your loved one needs help to recover from an illness or operation.
  • you’re considering moving your loved one into a care home permanently, and they’d like a trial visit.
  • the person you’re caring for is feeling lonely and might benefit from spending some time among other people in a care home.

Finding the right respite care home

If you or your loved one decide to book a short stay in one of our care homes, you can expect a warm welcome. You’ll be assigned a key carer who will show you both around the home and help your loved one to settle in.

We’ll work with you so we can get to know your loved one, so we can make their stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We’ll want to find out what’s important to them, so we’ll ask questions like:

  • What are your likes and dislikes?
  • Do you have any routines or preferences you’d like us to know about?
  • What do you like to eat and drink?
  • When do you like to go to bed?
  • Do you have any hobbies or interests?

Help with funding for respite care

If you’re thinking about respite care, it’s worth finding out from your local authority whether you’re eligible for funding.

Our customer care team will help you find out if you can apply for financial support for respite care or whether you’ll need to pay for it yourself.

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