Respite Care - Sunrise Senior Living

Respite Care

If you’re a full-time carer, it’s important for both you and the person you care for to have occasional or regular breaks to stay healthy and refreshed. One option is respite care.

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care provides temporary care for older people when their normal carers are not available. 

Respite care is often part of recovery after an accident, illness or surgery when regular carers need additional or specialised support. But it can also be a way for a carer to take a well-earned break, knowing that the person they care for will be looked after properly.

Most of our communities offer respite care from four weeks, and this can be planned in advance or be an urgent requirement. Some people need dedicated medical care while others need companionship. Sunrise can provide respite care for people who need assisted living, residential care, dementia care and nursing care.

Regardless of the situation or type of support you need, we can help.

What does Respite Care include?

At Sunrise, we believe that each resident - respite or permanent - should have personalised care that meets their specific needs and desires. Instead of a one-size-fits-all offering, we consider the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and tailor the respite care accordingly.

This includes:

  • Full personalised assessment of your loved one’s care needs
  • The individual care plan delivered by trained team members
  • We encourage residents to stay active, make new friends, nurture interests and pursue new activities
  • Access to all the public areas in the community as well as the grounds and gardens
  • Freshly prepared, balanced and nutritious meals
  • Access to our spacious, wheelchair-friendly gardens
  • A private, fully-furnished suite, complete with shower/bathroom, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet and lamp
  • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities in the suite

What are the benefits of Respite Care?

Respite care has clear benefits for both carers and the person being cared for.

For carers, respite care provides the opportunity to:

  • take the time you need for work, hobbies or relationships
  • take a holiday or a break to relax and recharge
  • look after your own mental and physical health

For those receiving care, a respite stay can:

  • provide a change of scenery, which often improves wellbeing and mood
  • offer a chance to meet new people, take part in different activities or learn something new
  • serve as a trial stay to see if a specific care home could be an option for longer-term living
  • deliver targeted medical support when it’s needed most

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How much does Respite Care cost?

Sunrise creates personalised care plans for each resident based on a number of factors, including:

  • length of stay
  • level of care needed
  • type of living arrangement

Prices may vary from person to person; however, once we complete a personalised assessment of needs, we can tell precisely how much respite stay will cost.

During the respite stay, your loved one will have access to all the meals, amenities, personalised care services and activities they choose to enjoy.

Who pays for Respite Care?

The majority of our residents who stay with us for respite care are self-funded. However, you may also find financial support through the local council or a charity.

Local council support is assessed on need and both the carer and the person requiring care will need to undergo an assessment. You can learn more about this and charity funding on the NHS website.

Where can I find Respite Care?

Most of our Sunrise care homes provide respite care. The best place to start would be to search for your local Sunrise and call to enquire about availability or to arrange a visit.

We know you may have a number of questions about respite care and we’re happy to discuss this further with you.