7 August 2017

A break for you and your loved one

Summer is here – the children have broken up from school, the traffic is a nightmare and the weather is, well, unpredictable – but summer for many does mean a break. But if you care for your loved one it can seem like this is not applicable to you. But everyone needs a break.

The charity Carers UK estimate that 1 in 8 adults which is around 6.5 million people are carers. And their recent report found that among those who have been caring for a year or more estimated at 5,168, 40% have not had a day off from caring for more than 12 months.

In this same report carers were asked what their main concerns were to taking a break which included a concern for the cost of care while they had a break, their loved one was unwilling to accept care from others or they felt there was a lack of specialist support on offer.

Although taking a break can seem extremely difficult it is important for both yourself and your loved one. You will both benefit from the change of routine. This break will give you the vital downtime needed to think about yourself and your health, safe in the knowledge that your loved one is in safe hands in your absence.

Trusting professionals when you provide care yourself can feel daunting but there are people out there ready to help you.

Helping you

As a family run business, our core morals run deep within everything that we do. When you come to stay with us, whether it is for one night, one month or something in between, you are treated as part of the family with professional, yet friendly support. We provide respite care in all 3 of our homes, Steepleton ManorSherborne House and Weymouth Care Home. Respite breaks are offered to older people who need extra support following an operation or illness, or while their regular carer takes a well-earned break. We’re passionate about supporting families with older loved ones and respite breaks are available as a one off arrangement or on a more regular basis.

We also offer day care to suit your needs. Day care is a planned program of activities during daytime hours designed to promote wellbeing through social and health related services.

Alongside full time residential and nursing care, Steepleton Manor also provides respite care and day care. This is a memorable break, our Grade 2 listed Victorian manor house offers impressive facilities, grounds, activities and food to make your stay comfortable – and as relaxing or energetic as you’d like.

Weymouth Care Home also provides respite care and day care alongside full time residential and nursing care. Within easy reach of both the beach and the bay in Weymouth, we encourage our residents to be as sociable and active as possible. Regularly taking trips to local places of interest, holding social events and activities and ensuring all residents enjoy a varied, nutritious diet.

If your loved one requires specialist care, the team at Sherborne House are experienced, equipped and qualified to care for those with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, stroke victims or behavioural difficulties arising from a loss of mental awareness. This home provides respite and day care alongside full time residential, nursing and Dementia care. Furnished and decorated with Dementia in mind and benefitting from landscaped gardens to enjoy – you can rest assured that your loved one will be taken good care of whilst you are giving yourself some much deserved TLC.

To find out more about the respite care available at Altogether Care please get in touch on
01305 300 161 or find out more on our website.

Some recent day to day activities