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28 June 2019

Respite care can be a real life saver for family carers

Respite care worker

Stress is one of those things that tends to creep up on you. If you’re caring for a loved one, be it your Mum, Dad, spouse or other family member, you’ll be having to juggle a lot of commitments, and with that comes stress.

You may not realise it at first, particularly if you’ve taken on the caring role as a natural response to wanting to help and support someone you love. But if you’re also working, caring for a family of your own, or have other commitments and responsibilities, stress can begin to creep in as you struggle to fit in everything you need to do each day.

Sadly, the more of your time that you spend devoting to someone else, the less time you have for yourself.

As the number of hours you put in to caring increases, the more of a toll it takes on you both physically and emotionally. It’s all too easy for you to neglect your own health and relationships, and if you burn-out, your ability to provide  support for your loved one suffers. Having a break from that caring role isn’t a luxury, but rather an essential part of providing effective care.

Respite care is a necessity. 

With a little research it is possible to arrange excellent quality care for your loved one, while also looking after yourself as a carer. Crucially, respite takes many forms and can be tailored to meet your individual circumstances.

Respite care can be provided within your own home, or at a different location. It could be for any length of time, from a regular arrangement for just a couple of hours a week, to a one-off basis for a week or two to allow you a much needed holiday.

Respite care takes many different forms

Some ideas to explore could include:

  • A volunteer or paid companion to visit your home and provide you with a short break
  • Support groups, such as Memory Cafes organised by charities such as Alzheimer’s Society or Age UK
  • Specialist day care centres which may provide transport, meals and social activities
  • A short-term live-in carer
  • A short term residential stay at a care home

Here at Hoar Cross Nursing Home, we offer short term residential respite stays from a single day to several weeks.

Respite care here in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside gives you a break, safe in the knowledge your loved one will be cared for by skilled and experienced staff, in a safe, friendly environment.  Your loved one will be able to enjoy company, join in the wide range of activities going on, and take advantage of 24hour care available as and when they need it.

The respite care service is £159 per day. That’s great value. Just compare it with a stay at a hotel.


Included are:

  • All 3 main meals 
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Full personal care 24/7
  • Entertainment, activities and events 
  • All your clothes washed and ironed

Come and try a taster day for free. 

A free taster day is a great introduction to the home and enables you to come and experience what life here is like first hand. Our staff are very experienced in looking after the elderly and will treat your loved one with care, attention, respect and endless patience.

Call us on 01283 248716 to arrange a visit and have a confidential chat about your requirements. We look forward to showing you everything Hoar Cross Care Home has to offer.