Respite care can give you all a well-deserved break.
Rest and rejuvenate at a Colten Care home on a regular or one-off short stay.
Caring is a full time job and one which can be very demanding, both emotionally and physically. So, it’s essential that as a carer you take a well-deserved and needed break from caring. You should not feel guilty about needing a break from the person you’re caring for. In fact, it’s widely recognised that respite care is good for both the carer and the person being cared for.
What is respite care?
Respite care is short-term or temporary care which is centred on providing the carer with a rest from their normal duties as a carer, allowing them to have a break and recharge their batteries. Respite care is centred on improving the standard of care the carer provides, by giving them regular and needed breaks.
The benefits of respite care
The benefits of respite care are numerous for caregivers. Taking time away from care giving demands will leave a caregiver refreshed and renewed, allowing them the opportunity to re-energise to be a more effective caregiver. Caregivers deserve time for activities they enjoy, whether it be reading, gardening, taking a walk, and so on. It’s also important for caregivers to maintain social relationships with friends and other family members to avoid isolation and depression. Respite care will also allow the caregiver to maintain their own lives; to run errands, see their own doctors, and possibly attend support groups with other caregivers.
Respite Care is also incredibly beneficial for the person being cared for, as the standard of care they receive tends to improve, it reduces the chance of neglect or abuse and it also gives the person being cared for a break from the carer. Respite care can often be described as a break for the person being cared for, as fun activities and day trips are often arranged to keep them entertained.
Rest and rejuvenate at a Colten Care home
Colten Care homes offer the same high-quality care services enjoyed by their long-term residents on a short-term or respite basis. These generally vary from a minimum of a single week to multiple weeks; or even multiple repeat bookings throughout the year. Colten Care’s short term care offer is perfect for periods of respite, recovery or simply a rest from the daily chores. Family carers can also have a break in the knowledge that their loved ones will be receiving the best possible care.
Short stays and respite care is appropriate for many reasons. People on discharge from hospital may require additional support to start their recuperation or recovery process. Others simply like to take a ‘short relaxation break’, perhaps to give a full-time family carer, or indeed themselves, some time out.
Colten Care can accommodate most people’s clinical and care requirements. This leaves people on short stay care and their families safe in the knowledge that all care needs can be accommodated.
Some individuals or families require the services of a care home and would like to try for a short period to ensure the resident is comfortable before making a longer-term commitment to move home. Whatever the need, many short stay residents come back time and time again and consistently acknowledge the excellent services.
Whether a short period of recovery, a respite break for yourself or simple a ‘trial run’ for those looking for a permanent home, Colten Care offer a place where all residents can be themselves.
Tips on introducing the subject of Respite Care
It can be hard introducing the subject of respite care. While it’s always good to plan ahead and broach the topic early to give everyone time to adjust to the idea, don’t suggest it too early. This can cause unnecessary distress.
Consider referring to respite care as a holiday, a break for them. Speak about it in a positive and enthusiastic light, try not to let any doubts come across as this may cause undue distress. If you’re relaxed and excited about the whole thing, they are more likely to be more receptive.
Try to remember that it is not selfish for you to want a break and it will benefit you both.
Short Stays at Court Lodge in Lymington
Court Lodge is an easy walk from Lymington’s vibrant and charming centre and offers a haven of quiet seclusion. It is a home from home, surrounding by real life in a leafy residential area. Built around an older house to offer first class residential and nursing care, it seamlessly blends modern comfort and convenience with a feeling for tradition, much like a college with a charming quad at its heart. There are regular activities for those wishing to participate and residents participate in community events, including the annual Lymington and Pennington summer carnival and vehicle spectacular event down the road in Woodside Gardens.
Court Lodge welcome short stays, and offers the same high-quality care services enjoyed by long-term residents on a short-term or respite basis. These generally vary from a minimum of a single week to multiple weeks; or even multiple repeat bookings throughout the year. Short term care offer is perfect for periods of respite, recovery or simply a rest from the daily chores. Family carers can also have a break in the knowledge that their loved ones will be receiving the best possible care.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COLTEN CARE'S LOCAL HOMES
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...