Different Types of Respite Care


Here at Melrose Care Home, we know that everyone is different. We’re all individuals with different situations and needs. That’s why we offer so many different options when it comes to the care we provide.

If you’re looking for respite care, we can assure you that we know that one size doesn’t fit all and you can choose from several options depending on what is best for you – or if you’re looking at this on the behalf of a loved – the best for them.


What’s the Difference Between Long Term and Respite Care?

Long term care is exactly what it sounds like. It’s ongoing care in a nurturing environment, where a person’s day to day needs are taken care of. As is the case with everything we do at Melrose Care Home, we cater our long-term care to the individual, setting up care plans so everything is taken care of and our residents can enjoy their lives to the fullest. 

Respite care, on the other hand, is temporary care which has been organised in advance and can be for a variety of reasons. However, just because our care in these instances is temporary, this doesn’t mean that our standards for care are any less rigorous. Just as we would when helping a long-term resident, we tailor different types of respite care specifically to that individual’s needs in order to ensure that – not only are we providing the best possible help we can – but also that the experience with us is as positive as it can be. We understand that any change to a person’s care situation can be stressful and anxiety inducing, which is why we make sure that we carefully plan out everything that individual requires, so the change to respite care is as smooth as possible.

Reasons for respite care really do depend on the individual situation. For example, perhaps a person normally gets help from a family member or friend but, due to other commitments, they are unable to help for a set amount of time. Many also find it helpful for a caregiver to get some time off to recharge their batteries and have a rest.  Lots of caregivers find that having a small amount of time off to look after themselves actually improves their relationship with the loved one they are taking care of. This is because being tired and overworked can put strain on any relationship. Respite care should be as an assistance to a person’s normal care situation to be used to benefit both the caregiver and the person they are caring for.

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The Different Types of Care Available

Another type of care that can be considered a type of respite care – in the sense that, in many instances, it is temporary to varying extents – is convalescent care. This is care we provide for those who are recovering in some way, either from an injury, hospital stay or an extended period of illness. Just as is our approach in every other kind of care we provide, we tailor it specifically to that individual in order to best help them get better from whatever issue they are facing. 

Often people take respite care in instances of injury or illness because they find that their usual way of care routine is now not enough to help them through their day.For example, this service is ideal if a person can only manage to care for someone a few hours a day due to work and/or family commitments, and an injury has meant that individual requires 24-hour assistance: say for instance, if they now temporarily have limited ability that makes everyday tasks difficult to impossible. Life can simply get in the way for a lot of people and they find it logistically impossible to provide the levels of care that are needed after these kinds of big changes. 

With our around the clock day to day service, you can rest assured that we’re always ready to assist you with any daily activities that require our help, and we’ll do so in a manner which is custom- made for the needs of the individual. We also provide skilled care for any specialised treatment needs, which include everything from speech and language therapists, psychiatrists, dieticians and more.

Other services we provide include day services for people who are looking for some support and socialisation through the day. We offer an exciting monthly calendar of events, including everything from exercise classes, arts and crafts classes to trips out. This can help ease feelings of loneliness, which are well documented to have dramatic negative effects on a person's health. There’s also domiciliary services for those who need help with care but would prefer to – and are capable of – receiving care at their home. 

Everybody is different, and that means that everybody’s care needs are different too. That’s why we offer such a wide variety of options so you can decide what’s most suitable for the needs of you and your loved ones. If you want to get more information on all the services we offer, you can send us a message by clicking the ‘Contact us’ link at the top of our website. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01903 230406 or send us an email to melrose.care@melrosecare.org.uk