Essential Caregiver’s Guide: How can respite care benefit your family?

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Discussing care options with someone you love isn’t always easy, but there’s a way to make exploring residential care less daunting for everyone.

Commercial Director Helen Wallace of Watermoor House in Cirencester tells us more about respite care and how it has helped many local families.

Q: What is respite care?

A: Respite care is a way for families to take a break from caring for an aging loved one. Residents can stay with us for a day, a weekend or a month – however long suits them, we are incredibly flexible, offering a daily rate and the same quality of 24-hour dedicated care that you would get as a permanent resident.

Q: How can respite care benefit seniors?

A: Respite Care is a great way for potential residents to see what life at Watermoor House is like, without making any long-term commitments. We ensure residents have everything they need to feel relaxed, confident, in control and able to maintain their independence.

We find that seniors benefit from the daily interaction of our respite service offerings. They form lasting bonds with our staff, as well as like-minded individuals, and love participating in group activities.

Great British Life: Respite residents can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, make appointments at the on-site lounge and connect with other like-minded people.Respite residents can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, make appointments at the on-site lounge, and connect with other like-minded individuals. (Image: Watermoor House)

Q: How can respite care help families and caregivers?

A: It allows caregivers and family members caring for an aging relative to take a much-needed break.

Before joining us, we will organize a visit to get to know you and your loved one. We will do a thorough assessment to understand care needs, routine, likes, dislikes and preferences. Together, we will develop a tailored care plan tailored to their needs.

This way, you can feel comfortable knowing that your loved one is well taken care of in a professional, friendly and secure environment.

Great British Life: The house is set in a beautiful Georgian mansion, surrounded by peaceful gardens and minutes from the center of Cirencester.The house is set in a beautiful Georgian mansion, surrounded by peaceful gardens and minutes from the center of Cirencester. (Image: Watermoor House)

Q: What advice do you have for people who have never tried respite care?

A: I highly recommend learning more about respite care and what it has to offer. Even if you don’t use it often, it’s an efficient and flexible way to access additional support. Lots of introductory information and videos are available on our website to help you learn more. We’re also only a phone call or email away, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Q: What facilities and services are included in the respite care you provide?

A: Every respite care resident has access to our full range of services and facilities. This includes delicious homemade dishes prepared by our talented in-house kitchen team, which can be enjoyed in the dining room adjoining our lovely patio garden or, if you prefer, can be taken in the resident’s room.

Residents can schedule a hair or manicure appointment at our on-site salon, participate in seated exercise classes, and access podiatry and reflexology services.

Great British Life: Residents can eat in the dining room adjoining the pretty patio garden or, if you prefer, in their own room.Residents can enjoy dining in the dining room adjoining the lovely patio garden or, if preferred, in their own room. (Image: Watermoor House)

They can join as many or as few of our busy daily activities program as they like. This includes games, craft sessions, historical lectures, choir visits and live performances by local artists. Many festive activities are also planned throughout the Christmas period as well as occasional outings in our own minibus.

Relatives and caregivers can visit residents as often as they wish during the respite stay. We can also accompany residents to doctor’s, hospital and optician appointments, which can greatly help families with busy schedules. Unlike many nursing homes, this is part of our dedicated service and we do not charge extra.

Great British Life: Watermoor House operates as a non-profit charity providing quality care for older people and helping to support local families.Watermoor House operates as a non-profit charity providing quality care for the elderly and helping to support local families. (Image: Watermoor House)

Q: What can people expect on their first visit to Watermoor House?

A: People are always impressed by the beauty of Watermoor House. We are located in a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian mansion, surrounded by tranquil gardens and St. Michael’s Park – a beautiful green space, but we are also a few minutes walk from the center of Cirencester. We are a very different type of house, operating as a non-profit charity, with something truly unique to offer.

Guests always comment on the warm welcome they receive and how comfortable they are with every staff member and resident they meet. We are incredibly proud of the welcoming community we have created here and love to make everyone who visits feel like part of our extended family.

To learn more about respite care, visit watermoorhouse.org/respite-care-short-breaks

Call 01285 654864 or email [email protected]

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