Respite Care Services

Respite care, which is often referred to as short-term or temporary stay care, is a service that provides people with professional care and supervision in the community or a residential setting for a short period of time. Respite services can be used for just a few days, or for over a month, depending on the circumstances and the service provider.

What is respite care and how does it work?

Respite care services are generally similar to other levels of residential care in which the individual is admitted to a specialist facility. However, in the case of respite care, the ultimate goal is that the individual will return home soon rather than continuing to live in a facility on a long-term basis.

This service is used by carers, usually unpaid family members, who need some time away from the added responsibility of caring for an elderly individual. There are many reasons why a caregiver may need to take a break every now and then, such as work responsibilities, going on a holiday or out of town for a while, or exhaustion due to stress and fatigue.

In any case, a few days or weeks of respite care for their loved one can be enough to let the caregiver recharge their batteries and come back ready and able to perform their regular duties again.

Contact us today to make an appointment to come and visit one of our Forest Healthcare centres and find out what our respite services can do for you. Our friendly staff can talk you through it and help you start planning for some well-deserved time off.

Forest Healthcare centres that can offer you Respite Care include:



Care Centre

Berkshire Crowthorne Pinehurst Care Centre
Berkshire Wokingham Warren Lodge Care Centre
Buckinghamshire Great Missenden Woodlands Park Care Centre
Essex Chigwell Belmont Lodge Care Centre
Hertfordshire New Barnet Cedars Care Centre
Hertfordshire Elstree & Borehamwood Forest Care Village
Kent Gillingham Grace Manor Care Centre
Kent Maidstone The Poplars Care Centre
London Camden NW5 Ash Court Care Centre
Norfolk Hingham Hassingham House Care Centre
Oxfordshire Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon The Grange Care Centre

What are the benefits of respite care?

Respite care is more convenient, more affordable, and much less of a commitment than long-term care services, making it a great fit in situations that are expected to have a fixed duration. This type of care is most often used for days or weeks at a time, but usually no longer than a couple of months.

More substantial and longer-term care is recommended in most situations that are expected to last more than two months, and also when a higher level of constant medical care and supervision is required.

As mentioned previously, one of the main benefits of respite care is that the regular caregiver can take a short break from their duties. This is important because it helps to avoid burnout from the constant stress and pressure of caregiving that is likely combined with regular work commitments.

Respite care can also help some elderly people overcome their fear of residential care in general, and many will actually become long-term residents of these facilities later.

What does respite care involve?

As this level of care has a wide range of possible uses available in different locations, the details of what is involved on a daily basis will vary considerably.

For example, some respite care will only be for a few hours during the day, for some care homes, whereas some other respite care centres offer longer periods of respite breaks. This type of care offers supervision, companionship and assistance.

On the other hand, the residential respite care available here at Forest Healthcare offers all of the services available in a care home, including greater access to medical services and supplies, without the long-term commitment.

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