A chance to breathe?
This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly;
And the little brown nightingale bills his best,
And they sit outside at ‘The Traveller’s Rest,’
And maids come forth sprig-muslin drest,
And citizens dream of the south and west, And so do I.
Do you remember this Thomas Hardy poem? Perhaps you learned it at school as I did and it has stayed with you ever since, evoking the possibility of escape from the humdrum daily life – we dream, not just of the south and west, but of flying up, up and away to a time of dream fulfilment as we have our annual holiday.
For many of us, this is no more than a dream as we cannot leave our caring responsibilities behind and we cannot imagine taking our dear frail person on holiday with us for a multitude of reasons. This is where respite care can help: respite is just what is says – a time of respite, a time to breathe, a time to recharge those almost dead batteries, a time to face whatever the autumn and winter may bring with renewed confidence.
Those are some of the advantages for carers: what about those for whom we care? Respite can be of enormous help to them enabling them to meet others, to take part in a different life, to have new possibilities as well as perhaps having extra medical attention and time to relax without worrying that the demands being made on their carer are too great.
At Castle Hill House in Shaftesbury we understand the complex feelings of carers as well as their need for some “me” space. We have 30 years of experience in giving not just care, but support and loving kindness to the whole family. Please do think about what we can offer you for a week or more then contact us on 01747 854699, asking for Becky Smith