What is Respite Care?

Respite Care offers people with dementia short-term residential care and support. This support can be invaluable, giving family and other carers a well-deserved break, or helping people with dementia who are unable to continue living in their own home for a short period of time.

Respite can help:

Family and other carers  – enjoy a well-earned break from their caring routine.

People recuperate from illness or injury

People in a crisis – where regular care routines are suddenly broken.

What respite facilities do we offer?

Our facilities include a large respite household called Thornlea, which supports up to 12. Thornlea is based on the ground-floor of our service and includes a range of specialist facilities to support independent living and give residents the very best in respite care.

Respite admissions can range from living in our service for a few days to several weeks, depending upon your own personal situation. You will have your own fully furnished en-suite bedroom, which includes a digital TV. These bedrooms have been specially designed to maximise comfort, independence and safety, and include an accessible bathroom with a light sensor and a nurse-call system, so you can alert us if you ever need support.

The Thornlea household includes a large communal area where you can watch television and meet with your family and friends. It includes a large comfortable seating area, dining area, kitchenette for people who enjoy taking part in household tasks, and areas for activities of all kinds.

As Thornlea is on the ground floor of EachStep Blackley, it faces out onto our large, landscaped gardens, giving you easy access to this wonderful feature of our home.

Who will be supporting me?

You will be supported by our Care and Activity Workers, specially trained staff who can give you all of the support you need and assist you to enjoy an active and fulfilling time whilst in our service. When you first join our service, we will spend some time getting to know you – your support needs, interests and life history, so we can devise a package of respite care that is tailored to best meet your needs.

Our service also employs a number of specialist staff such as a Specialist Dementia Practice Nurse and a Dementia Occupational Therapist, who will be on-hand to provide you with additional care and support if necessary. We will offer you any care and assistance that you may need during stay in our service, supporting you to have a fulfilling time whilst in our service and be at your most able on your return to living independently.

Activities at Thornlea

We believe that supporting people to take part in activities that they enjoy and be mentally stimulated is integral to delivering great dementia care. Because of this commitment, our respite service will offer you a range of planned and informal activities.

We encourage our residents to get involved in the daily routines of life in Thornlea, just as they would do in their own homes. From helping staff to prepare snacks and drinks, tidying the household, residents can use these activities to keep busy and prepare to return to life back at home. We also offer regular planned activity and entertainment sessions to meet the varying interests, talents and abilities of our residents.

Family and friends

We encourage your family and friends to be involved in all aspects of life within our service. We have no restrictions on visiting hours, so your loved ones are always welcome.