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 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 moves in to a specialist care 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 older family member. 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 caring 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 team members 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:
|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 older people allay worries about residential care in general, and many will actually become long-term residents of these facilities later through choice.
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 centres, whereas some others offer longer periods of respite breaks. This type of care offers supervision, companionship and assistance with personal care.
On the other hand, the residential respite care available here at Forest Healthcare offers all of the services available in a care centre, including greater access to medical services and supplies, without the long-term commitment.