This morning I’ve arranged to call into Ashgrove Care Home to discuss their perspective on Maureen’s five days of residence. I want to see how they felt she got on in her longest stay in residential care so far, and compare it with what she says, and I saw. I can then feed this into my discussions about future respite breaks when I meet our social worker tomorrow afternoon.
It is clearly difficult and more expensive to arrange home-based care for periods of respite. However, this needs to be balanced against the impact on the individual. Another alternative is to consider holidays together in supportive environments. One thing is for sure: all Care Partners need adequate support and time off. Why should such arrangements be anything other than person-centred?