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Respite Care & Short Breaks

Everyone deserves time out. Whether you care for a relative or are in need of care yourself, taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.

As a carer you can relax, knowing that your relative, friend or resident is in a safe, welcoming environment with expert care tailored to their needs. A respite stay at a Barchester care home gives many people the opportunity to enjoy time with friendly and welcoming staff and residents.

What is respite care?

Also referred to as a short stay, respite care is a temporary living arrangement at a care home. Dependent on the individual’s needs, a respite stay with Barchester can range from a few days to a few weeks.

When is respite care needed?

People will arrange respite care for various reasons that might be due to planned or unplanned circumstances.

It could be that a home carer is temporarily unavailable to provide care, and full time support is required for your loved one.

Respite care can help after a medical issue such as an operation or a hospital stay due to illness.

It could be the case that respite care for your loved one provides you the peace of mind you need to go on a pre-booked holiday and your loved one is unable to join you. 

Respite care is also beneficial for carers who may just want a short break from their full time care duties. Some people benefit from arranging a recurring respite stay for a loved one, where they stay in a home for a pre-planned amount of time on a regular basis. This allows both the carer and loved one to have a regular break and temporary independence from each other.

Respite care can help elderly people with social interaction, and even provide a community of support for the carer, allowing a connection with others with similar experiences.

What are the benefits of respite care?

It can sometimes be hard for a carer to put their hand up and ask for help or a break, but a small breather will allow you much needed time for yourself, and can make a big difference to maintaining your own personal health, and preventing a burnout from stress and exhaustion.

Respite care is equally beneficial to those being cared for. Living at home on your own can often be quite isolating, especially for those with limited independence.

Short term stays allows for the opportunity to meet new people, experience different environments, and engage in a wide range of different activities. 

Respite Care at Barchester Healthcare

Our aim is to provide seamless continuity of care and our well-trained staff work hard to ensure that everyone's personal preferences are respected.

Prior to admission, the General Manager will arrange to meet you and your loved one in the convenience of your own home, or at the care home. They will assess your loved ones care needs, start to get to know them and their likes and dislikes and then tailor a care plan to suit them. 

Respite care plans at Barchester are bespoke to each individual and include tailored menus and personalised care. Additionally, short-term residents are also welcome to participate in our homes’ daily life enrichment activities, which offer a fun and stimulating way to keep busy

Moving to full time care

Having the option of respite care can be beneficial to those who are unsure if they are ready to move into a care home, or move their loved one into a care home. Respite care and short term stays can also provide an opportunity to trial the care home experience, and is often the first step in moving from home care into permanent residency at a care home. 

Moving straight from a family home into care is a life-changing experience, both for carers and the person being cared for. However, many find that the transition is easier when they have experienced respite care first, as the individual, their family members and their carer are already familiar with the staff at the home, the other residents living there, the care practices, as well as the facilities available.5

If a person decides to become a permanent resident after a short stay with Barchester, their care plan will already be familiar to the teams at the home, which can help the individual settle in more quickly.

If you would like to know more about whether respite care is available at a Barchester home near you, please click here

To find out more about how to choose the right home for your respite care needs, do download our Guide to Respite Care here.