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Respite Care Explained

An estimated 5.7 million people in the UK are unpaid carers, looking after a relative or friend because of illness, frailty or disability. The informal nature of caring makes exact figures hard to verify but Carers UK believes the number could be as high as 10 million.

The majority of carers are women. Most carers are in the 46-65 year age group and around one carer in every 7 is juggling care and a job. Over 600 people leave their jobs every day to provide care.

Looking after someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is hard. No matter how much we love the person in our care, it takes its toll on physical and mental health. Often it affects the person being cared for too. They may resent the loss of their independence or feel they have lost their dignity. Also, we all know how living under the same roof can provoke bad feeling and arguments from time to time, no matter how close or loving the family.

Respite care can provide a much needed break for a carer to re-charge their batteries. They may have their own health issues to attend to, want or need to devote time to other things or people, catch up on chores, perhaps plan for Christmas or another celebration, or just relax with some down time and a change of routine.

Many care homes offer respite care, short or medium term, and The Chiswick is no exception. There is no need to feel guilty (although it is very common). Your loved one will be well looked after, round the clock And we will look after them. Our staff are specially trained to do so and can sensitively deal with a wide range of medical conditions, including dementia.

You may be surprised how well your family member, partner or friend responds to a change of environment. They will have the opportunity to meet new people and join in new activities if they wish to do so and are able. They may also enjoy a choice of different, nutritionally balanced menus tailored to their particular likes and needs.

Why not give us a call on: 020 8222 7800? A member of our team will happily talk you through what we can provide, answer your questions and hopefully, allay any fears. We can also discuss the financial implications and explore with you what help may be available to subsidise the cost. In addition, you are welcome to visit and see the accommodation and facilities we offer.

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