Could our respite care home be right for your loved one?

When you think of life within a care home, what do you picture? Is it the 24/7 specialist care provided by professional fully trained nurses? Or perhaps it’s a home away from home where residents are encouraged to learn new hobbies and socialise amongst friends?

Jackman’s Lodge provides all of that and more. Our beautiful home is an environment that enables the elderly to not just live but thrive. Life does not have to stop for your loved ones when they require extra support. Instead, respite care can encourage independence.

Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Surrey, Jackmans Lodge allows residents to enjoy a happy and fulfilling stay with us – regardless of whether it is a short-term one-off visit or a longer-term plan. Keep reading to find out what respite care is and how our compassionate team will make your loved one feel at home.

What is respite care?

Respite care is the term that is commonly used when referring to services designed to give you a break from caring for your loved one. There are a wide variety of different types of respite, such as:

• Someone may come into your home and look after your family member.
• It could be a day centre or activity group.
• A temporary residential care facility.

When should you consider respite care?

Our respite care services can be a great option if you are going on holiday without the person you care for. It enables you to unwind with peace of mind knowing that your loved one is receiving outstanding care in a friendly environment, just like they would at home with you.

How do you arrange respite care?

Daily Life 1In some circumstances, respite care can be provided as a result of your carer’s assessment, in situations where this doesn’t apply it can be arranged through a needs-based assessment.
If these show that the person you look after needs respite care, then the local council will be able to help provide for it. Financial support from the council can help you to take a break, these tend to be means-tested so either yourself or the person you care for may have to contribute towards the cost of the respite.

Will respite care affect my carer’s benefits?

As a carer, it is important to make sure you take some time off to ensure that you are able to also take care of yourself and unwind.

However, there are special rules to decide whether you will continue to receive your carers allowance. The basic rule of thumb is that you can continue to receive your allowance for up to four weeks in any six-month period if you have a break from caring.

The rules are often complicated, so we recommend seeking specialist advice from the Carer’s Allowance Unit to discuss your specific situation. If you’re receiving any other benefits which include extra amounts for caring, these may be affected if you have a break from caring.

Why choose Jackmans Lodge for respite care?

Our dedicated team of respite care specialists firmly believes that residents should be given the option to live the life they would like to, we fully encourage independent living and healthy eating. Wherever possible we strive for them to have a full and active life, learning new skills and hobbies whilst socialising with like-minded people. Our person-centred approach is what makes Jackman’s Lodge so unique.

To discover more about what respite care is or to speak to one of our specialists about arranging a visit, please get in touch. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about when to consider respite care and how to arrange it.

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