What is Respite Care?
We take great pride in delivering high quality care for elderly individuals at all of our care homes. One of the services that we provide is respite care. In this article we will explore what respite care is, who it is suitable for and its benefits.
About respite care
Caring for a vulnerable loved one can be incredibly difficult and exhausting – both mentally and physically. Therefore, it is important to take a break for the sake of your own health and well-being, as well as the safety of the individual that you care for.
Respite care refers to a short stay at a care home for a vulnerable person. Usually lasting around two weeks (sometimes less, sometimes longer) respite care offers carers a break while their loved one is looked after in safe surroundings by qualified care assistants.
In some cases, respite care is necessary if a carer falls ill, or has to stay in hospital for whatever reason, and there is no one else to provide support to a vulnerable loved one. In others, it is necessary for a carer to take some time to look after themselves or other members of their family while their loved one is safe and looked after.
Reasons to use respite care
Respite care may be required for a number of reasons. In some cases it is planned, in others it may be necessary to access support due to an emergency or unexpected event. If that is the case, at Lovett Care, we have the flexibility to meet your needs whatever they may be.
It is important to know that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ reason for considering respite care. If, as a carer, you need a break for whatever reason, you should be able to access the support you need for your loved one. So, whether you are planning a holiday, you fall ill and can’t provide the same level or amount of care, or you just need to take a break, we’re here for you as and when you need us.
Respite care can also be utilised by individuals who have experienced an illness, a fall, or undergone an operation from which they need to convalesce. In these cases, a transitional period within a care home can provide the comfort and reassurance necessary prior to returning home.
For a carer, the biggest benefit is the knowledge that their loved one is safe and well-cared for while they take time for themselves. For residents, respite care brings with it a whole host of benefits, some of which are detailed below.
What are the benefits of respite care?
- The Chance To Socialise - For a person who only sees the same people week in, week out, respite care can offer a whole new world of social interaction. Indeed, many individuals who visit us regularly for respite care make solid friendships with other residents during their stay and actively look forward to their next visit because of it! At Lovett Care, alongside delivering outstanding care to our residents, we are dedicated to building communities both within our care homes and the wider world. There is nothing more heartwarming for us than to see how a person flourishes in respite care as they connect with others.
- New Activities & Things To Do - They say a change is as good as a rest. And respite care offers a change of scenery and the chance to take part in different activities and try new things. We understand that maintaining a routine is vital for lots of people, and we do everything we can to uphold that while offering residents the chance to enjoy a range of group and individual activities. From outings in the local community to arts and crafts, gardening and baking, each activity is focused on promoting well-being and feelings of self worth. Our main aim is to empower residents and ensure their comfort, happiness and independence at all times, therefore no one is forced to take part in anything they don’t want to and we will always strive to accommodate the interests of residents in order to facilitate new and exciting experiences.
- A Look Into Residential Care For The Future - As a person’s needs become more complex, full-time residential care may become more of a possibility in the future. Respite care can help to accustom an individual to a residential care environment and allay any fears or apprehensions those who care for them might have. Choosing the right care home is important for everyone involved in this process, and so regular respire can act as a ‘trial-run’ to see how a person settles in and takes to the new environment, caring team and other residents.
Respite Care With Lovett Care
We provide respite care across our three care homes and, like all of our care, each individual who comes to stay with us gets their own personalised care plan to ensure we deliver the highest standards of care across the board.
If you are considering respite care as an option, please contact us. We are open to enquiries from private individuals and their families, as well as referrals from GPs, social workers and district nurses.