What is respite care?

Respite care is just that, a respite from care giving. Some care homes provide a much needed break from looking after an elderly loved one with dementia. No matter how much you love someone, caring for a person with dementia is hard work; it can be mentally and physically exhausting and so temporary care lets someone else take the strain and gives you the opportunity to recharge and take care of yourself.

Common reasons for respite care

Reasons as to why people choose short-term care within a dementia care setting include:

Temporary care: Short-stays at a dementia care home can provide temporary respite care for two weeks or longer. Temporary respite care provides an opportunity to take a holiday, re-charge and recuperate knowing that your loved one is in expert hands.

Emergency care: Very often life throws us a curveball and respite care needs to be arranged in a hurry. Whether a caregiver is temporarily incapacitated, time is needed to make long term care arrangements or adjustments to your home need to be made before a person can safely live there, emergency respite care provides breathing space at short notice.

Short term nursing care: Dementia is a long term illness. Very often people can suffer from aliments in addition to managing their dementia and may require temporary additional care due to injury, infection or after an operation. When this happens short term nursing care can offer a lifeline in the form of professional nursing care that may only be required for a short period.

Who does respite care help?

The short answer is anybody who is a full-time family caregiver.

If you are providing unpaid care for a loved one, for example assisting with bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility or feeding, and especially if that person is over 65 and living with dementia, then respite care for carers can provide a well-earned break and ultimately help you to continue to care for your loved one long term.

A caring experience for full time care

Short term respite care is a great way to experience what life is like in a dementia care home prior to making any long term commitments. Choosing a care home can be a big decision, so a few weeks of respite care not only gives some time to think, but it can also serve as an opportunity to see if it’s the ‘right fit’ for you and your family.

Westacre is a private nursing home situated in Sleepers Hill in Winchester, Hampshire. As specialists in dementia care we pride ourselves on making sure everything is ‘Just Right’. Stylishly furnished and tastefully decorated we offer single occupancy rooms with variable en-suite facilities as well as double rooms for partners and spacious gardens with plenty of outside seating. With a carefully planned schedule of activities and two chefs committed to providing a healthy, appetising dining experience, we aim to ensure that any length of stay with us will feel like a home away from home.


 

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Ensuring Everything is Just Right

  • Specialists in dementia care
  • Single occupancy rooms with variable en-suite facilities
  • Double rooms for partners
  • Stylishly furnished and decorated sitting rooms
  • Healthy dining
  • Spacious gardens and an outside seating area
  • A weekly schedule of activities and events