Respite Care

Aberleigh provides a respite room in our dementia home and a respite room in the rest home when available.


Respite Care

It is very important that carers have time to relax and take care of themselves. Taking a break can help with this. We believe that most people want to stay at home as long as possible. We work hard to make sure people who come for respite care go home as good as or better than when they came into our care.

At Aberleigh, we create a loving and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. This is our vision. We achieve this vision through our values: by honouring the uniqueness of each person, the immense value of each person and openness, honesty and integrity.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to enquire about our respite care service. We would love to meet with you and hope that we will be able to assist you.

More information about Respite Care

General information:

  • Most people want to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. Respite services help you do this successfully
  • Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself. Taking a break is an important way of staying rested and strong
  • Families/carers are able to book respite in advance
  • Respite is available in homes which specialize in caring for people who have dementia
  • Respite encourages friendship, stimulation and fun
  • Comprehensive ‘respite packs’ include information about the service, as well as detailed questionnaires regarding your loved one’s care needs and daily routines
  • Respite care is often for a short period of about a week, and can be repeated during the year
  • Respite bookings can be organized through your local DHB/Service Co-ordinator

Benefits to the caregiver:

  • A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize knowing their loved one is receiving safe specialist dementia care
  • Allows loved ones to remain at home longer, through carers giving themselves time to rest

Benefits to the person with dementia:

  • An opportunity to socialize and be involved in meaningful activities that comfort, stimulate and bring enjoyment
  • Provides a short term experience of the sense of community that comes with facilitated care
  • Continuation of daily roles and routines
  • An opportunity for group activities and company in a safe and secure environment

Very often, respite care is the first experience of rest home care for families. This can be an emotional time for everyone including the person with dementia.

Building trust through open communication:

It is important to gain as much information as possible about what to expect. Gaining trust and developing open communication with the people who will be taking care of your loved one is important. They too must gain as much information as possible about your loved one (their likes and dislikes, interests and routines) to give the very best of care. Every person is unique and has different responses and needs. The information you provide enables the rest home to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to those unique and special needs.

All information about your loved one is available to you, so you should feel free to ask staff about anything that concerns you. People responsible for the care of your loved one write notes throughout the day and night so it is possible to find out how your loved one is doing over the 24 hour period.

Contact during a respite period:

You are always welcome to contact, visit and call your loved one, however sometimes this can prevent the person from settling and counteract the objective of the carer taking a break. Some people do worry, so always call if you need. The person in care may want to call you too at times if you agree to this and it doesn’t cause distress for either of you.

Settling in – making it easier:

Most people settle well into short term respite care. One to one time and attention from care staff is often most helpful. It is important to focus on the positive and remind and reassure the person in care that it is only a temporary stay. People respond well and are validated by an open, honest approach.


CLICK HERE to request an information pack