What is Respite Care?

Gracewell  |  May 28, 2019

Respite care is temporary care for older people in a community setting. Rather than providing a longer-term or lifelong home, respite care offers the ideal opportunity to those looking to take just a bit of time to receive extra support. Care can last for a few days to a few weeks, or just as long as an individual feels they need, and can be planned or unplanned in cases of emergency.

Gracewell Healthcare offers respite care for a range of different care types including residential care, dementia care and nursing care. This helps to ensure that respite stays are tailored to individual health needs, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, physical disabilities, restricted mobility or frailness and other long-term medical conditions.

When might respite care be needed?

A short stay in a Gracewell home can be a great option when a carer is unavailable temporarily due to work, family commitments or a holiday. Or, of course, a full-time carer may value the chance to take a well-earned break from what can be a very demanding role. Respite care can give carers the opportunity to take the time to look after their own needs, whilst being comfortable in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the very best care and support. At the same time, older people can benefit from a break too – respite care is a great way to enjoy a fresh and stimulating environment, try out new hobbies or activities, make new friends and enjoy a bit of renewed energy.

Respite care can also be a valuable service for older people who need extra support and assistance following an illness, operation or hospital stay. With a personal care plan that considers their individual needs, daily routine and general health, each person will receive high-quality and personalised respite care from Gracewell no matter their health history.

Individuals can also enjoy the range of activities and experiences offered across Gracewell’s communities, with many having a dedicated Activities team and packed social calendar on offer. Therapeutic singing, memory cafés with members of the local area, inter-generational activities, live music and gentle exercise classes are just some of the activities on offer in Gracewell homes. Gracewell is committed to supporting older people to live as fulfilled, independent and active a life as possible for as long as they are with us.

How can respite care benefit me?

Gracewell’s communities provide respite care breaks within a warm and welcoming environment, facilitated by a dedicated team of highly qualified, experienced and friendly respite carers.

Gracewell Healthcare also understands that a personal, tailored approach enables its care communities to make all the difference to an individual’s life. No matter how long you or your loved one’s stay may be, your Gracewell community will take the time to get to know each and every older person to create a bespoke care plan.

Frequent respite care breaks can also prepare you or a loved one to transition to full-time care in a community in the future. If a care community setting is unfamiliar or a nerve-wracking experience, short breaks can allow someone to become better adjusted to the way they provide care and can act as a trial-run for choosing a more permanent home if ever needed.

What is included in respite care?

Gracewell Healthcare will conduct a full personalised assessment of an individual’s care needs before respite care begins, followed by the creation of an individual care plan delivered by expertly trained team members. All individuals stay within a luxury and fully furnished personal suite, complete with bathroom facilities and tea/coffee amenities. And, alongside activities and experiences, older people will also enjoy nutritious and delicious meals, freshly prepared in-house by Gracewell’s award-winning chefs, within a restaurant-style dining setting that provides an ideal opportunity to socialise with new people.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you or a loved one can benefit from respite care at Gracewell Healthcare, get in touch with your local Gracewell home and book a tour.