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Respite Care

As the full-time carer for a family member or friend, there may be times when you need a helping hand.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is temporary care offered to older people when their regular carer is unavailable or needs additional support. Whether your loved one is recovering from surgery, an illness or an accident, or if you simply need a break to refresh and recharge, a short stay in a Gracewell care home is possible.

We can work with you to tailor the requirements of the stay - whether it’s an urgent request or a visit you’d like to plan in advance.

What is included in Respite Care?

Our 5-Point Personalised Care Programme is at the heart of our person-centred philosophy and applies to full-time residents as well as temporary visitors.

  • Assessment of the needs and preferences of the person staying

  • Physical, mental and emotional support delivered as part of the care plan

  • A comfortable private room, fully-furnished, with a shower/bathroom

  • A wide variety of activities and events that align with their interests

  • Nutritious meals and snacks, tailored to their dietary requirements

What are the benefits of Respite Care?

Respite care has clear benefits for both carers and the person being cared for.

As a carer, it’s important for you to look after your own mental or physical health and take time for work, hobbies and relationships. You may also need a holiday to relax from the strain that long-term care responsibilities can bring.

In addition to specific medical care that they may need, often the person receiving care benefits from a change of scenery, both physically and mentally.

It’s also a chance for them to meet new people, take part in different activities or learn something new. If you’re considering a care home as a long-term living arranging, a respite stay can serve as a trial run to see how your loved one does.

Where can I find Respite Care?

Many of our Gracewell care homes can accommodate respite care. Search for your nearest location below.