Respite care

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 need a break to refresh and recharge, a short stay in a Gracewell care home could be the solution. A respite stay is also a great way to find out all you need to know about living in a care home permanently, a ‘try before you buy’! We offer respite stays from 2 weeks onwards. 

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.



What does respite care include?

A respite stay is no different to a permanent stay. Our short-stay residents will benefit from the following:

  • 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 older adults with care needs.

 

‘Mum spent a month at Gracewell for respite care after a bad fall. After the trauma and stress of 11-days in the hospital, she found it a calm, relaxing environment. Her ensuite room was spotlessly clean, quiet and well decorated; she was welcomed and made to feel at home. She felt she could rest and take her time to recover. Mum is now home, doing well and is full of praise for the care home.’



Lucy H (Daughter of Resident) at Gracewell of Frome

 

A carer's own mental or physical health relies on sufficient time for work, hobbies and relationships. They may also need a holiday to relax from the strain that long-term care responsibilities can bring.

Equally, a person receiving care can benefit from a change of scenery, both physically and mentally, as well as any additional medical care that they may need.

It's also a chance for them to meet new people, take part in different activities or learn something new.

Starting a conversation about care is never easy. We can help. Every Gracewell care home has a Home Admissions Advisor with experience to help you approach this difficult subject. Contact your local Gracewell or if you want to get in touch, please select Contact us at the top of your screen.