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Posted on: 18.05.2020

What is Respite Care?

We take great pride in delivering high quality care for elderly individuals at all of our care homes. One of the services that we provide is respite care. In this article we will explore what respite care is, who it is suitable for and its benefits.

About respite care

Caring for a vulnerable loved one can be incredibly difficult and exhausting – both mentally and physically. Therefore, it is important to take a break for the sake of your own health and well-being, as well as the safety of the individual that you care for.

Respite care refers to a short stay at a care home for a vulnerable person. Usually lasting around two weeks (sometimes less, sometimes longer) respite care offers carers a break while their loved one is looked after in safe surroundings by qualified care assistants.

In some cases, respite care is necessary if a carer falls ill, or has to stay in hospital for whatever reason, and there is no one else to provide support to a vulnerable loved one. In others, it is necessary for a carer to take some time to look after themselves or other members of their family while their loved one is safe and looked after.