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Respite and Day Care

Experience our residential care homes for yourself with a short respite break.

Respite care breaks are the perfect way to spend some time getting to know our homes, your fellow residents and the tailored care and support we can offer to meet your needs. Experience the food, the atmosphere and the activities on offer, and you and your loved ones can relax knowing that all of your needs are being taken care of.

What is respite care and how does it work?

A respite care break is a temporary stay in a residential care home, with all of the expert care and support you need, in an environment where you can feel at home. For some people, short term respite care provides a well-deserved break for themselves and their carers, for others it is a necessary part of recovery following illness or injury.

Respite care works by providing a taster of the full residential care home experience, complete with expert, tailored care, and full access to facilities and activities.

Some of the reasons people chose respite care include:

  • emergency respite care to aid rehabilitation and recovery following a stay in hospital;
  • short term respite care for those who would ordinarily receive care in their own home;
  • respite care for the elderly who need someone to take care of them for a period of time.

What are the benefits of respite care?

Respite care is designed to meet your individual needs, and suit your individual circumstances. The benefits of respite care include:

Specialist respite care

Specialist respite care for elderly relatives to ensure that they have 24/7 care and support in a homely environment, keeping them safe whilst their family are away from home or unable to support them.

Emergency respite care

Emergency respite care to support with an individual’s ongoing recovery and rehabilitation, when they are ready to be discharged from a hospital environment, but do not have the support in place to safely return home.

Alternative to day care

A longer-term alternative to elderly day care, ensuring that all of the individual’s care needs are met from the moment they wake up until when they go to bed, with help on hand during the night as well.

A change of scene

A change of scene and the peace of mind that comes with a short respite break away from home, without the worry of how to access care and support whilst on holiday.

A well-earned break

A well-earned break for family members who provide care for their loved ones, enabling them to rest, recharge and reset their relationship with those they care for.

A trial stay

A trial respite care stay to experience daily life in your chosen care home, particularly if you are considering residential care as the solution to meet your future needs.

Perhaps you fall into one of the following categories, in which case, we can help you:

I need somewhere safe to stay whilst my family are away

We’re here to keep you safe and supported whilst your loved ones are away from home. A respite stay can last for as long as you need it to, ensuring that you have 24/7 care and support in a home-from-home environment, plus full access to all of the facilities, activities and entertainment you would expect from a longer-term stay in one of our residential care homes.

I have just had an operation and I need support to recover

We all need a bit of extra support sometimes, especially following a hospital stay or operation. If you are not yet ready to return home, or you are worried that your loved ones will struggle to provide the extra support you need whilst you recover, it is worth considering a respite stay in one of our specialist residential care homes. We will provide all of the care and support you need to aid your recovery in a safe and homely environment.

I would like a holiday, but need 24/7 care

We know how brilliant a change of scene can be for your wellbeing, but also know it can be tricky to arrange a holiday that accommodates your care needs. Whether you fancy a trip to the seaside, a town or city break, or a rural retreat, we’re here to provide the round-the-clock care you need in one of our specialist care homes, leaving you free to truly enjoy your time away, make new friends and enjoy all of the facilities, activities and entertainment on offer.

I want to make sure my carer has a break

We understand that when your primary carer is a loved one, it can be hard to encourage them to take some time out for themselves. Booking a respite break in one of our residential care homes can be the ideal solution for you both. They can relax and recharge knowing that all of your needs are being taken care of, and you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they are able to take a well-earned break.

I am planning for the future and would like to experience a stay in a care home before making a permanent move

We appreciate that making the move into residential care is a big step. Trying out a short stay in the care home of your choice is a great way to experience the atmosphere, sample the food, check out the facilities, and most importantly, make sure that the care and support on offer meets your needs. All of our care homes offer short respite breaks, giving you the chance to experience a residential stay first-hand, as you plan for your future.

Why choose Somerset Care for respite care?

At Somerset Care, we offer respite care breaks in all of our specialist residential care homes, meaning that we have the location, the expertise and the tailored care you need.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are here to help you make the right choice which suits your needs and preferences. They will be able to advise on available dates, locations and costs for your respite care break, whilst our specialist care teams will ensure your stay with us provides you with all of the comfort and support you need.

We would love to help you enjoy a relaxing respite care break or day visit in a safe and comfortable environment, with all the support you need to live the life you choose.

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To check availability in our homes and ask any questions you may have, please contact us. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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What happens in respite care?

A short term respite care stay includes absolutely everything that you would expect from a longer-term stay in one of our specialist residential care homes:

  • A fully furnished room in one of our well-equipped care homes, which you can personalise to help you feel at home;
  • All of your meals, drinks and snacks (tailored to meet your preferences and dietary requirements);
  • 24/7 Individual care and support including help with medication and personal care;
  • Full use of all of the home’s indoor and outdoor communal areas, garden and facilities;
  • Participation in as many of the home’s activities, events and entertainment as you choose;
  • A warm welcome for any visitors you may like to invite;
  • Utilities, linen, laundry, housekeeping and cleaning.

How you chose to spend your time in respite care is up to you – you can treat it as a relaxing break and change of scene, recovery time to help you to safely return home from hospital, the opportunity to ‘try out’ a care home before making a longer-term commitment, or perhaps the chance to meet new friends and discover new interests.

How long can respite care last?

A respite care break can last for anything from a few days to a few months – it really is up to you! We’re here to support you with whatever works best for you, whether you simply fancy a change of scene or are keen to try out one of our homes, or whether you need support for a particular period of time as your usual carer is taking a break.

Provided we have availability, we’re happy to accommodate whatever length of stay you need in our respite care homes.

We also offer day care packages at selected care homes across Somerset. If you are not yet ready to book an overnight stay but would still like to spend a day with fellow residents, enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal and experience some of the activities on offer, then day care could be the perfect solution. Please contact us to find out about our available day care packages.

What is the criteria for respite care?

Provided the individual’s needs can be safely met at the chosen respite care home, there is no set criteria for respite care. All of our care homes across Somerset offer respite care breaks, subject to availability.

What is the purpose of respite care?

The purpose of respite care is to provide a short-term package of tailored care and support which meets the individual’s needs, within a care home environment. This can be to support rehabilitation following illness or injury, to complement care already delivered in the individual’s own home or at a day care centre, as an introduction to longer term residential care, or simply to provide a holiday with care and support included.

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