Respite centres for adults with disabilities have reopened their doors
Residents and their carers who benefit from the support of the council’s respite facilities have welcomed their safe reopening.
Respite care allows unpaid carers to take much needed break from their caring responsibilities, whilst their loved ones are able to socialise with others and take part in activities that support their needs.
During lockdown, the vast majority of the council’s three respite centres and ten day units were forced to close, as were most across the country, as residents opted for remote support instead. This included a weekly welfare call and the offer of alternative activities, such as a walk in their local community.
Since the centres have reopened, residents have reported feeling more confident, and delighted to be able to enjoy some of their usual activities, including relaxation sessions and art classes. The centres are offering reduced activities and limiting the number of people attending each session to maintain safety and social distancing.
Cllr Kathy Williams cabinet member for adult social care delivery, said: “Our respite centres make such a difference to the people and their families who use them. I’m really pleased to see the take up of this support start to increase again and to hear what a positive difference it is already making.”
Each facility has carried out a full risk assessment to ensure that they take all of the necessary steps to maintain a safe environment for their users. This includes staggering start times and days and ‘bubbles’ of support where possible.
Find more information about what the respite centres offer below:
Day care centres:
- Woodlands Day Care and Oakley Adult Opportunity Centre in Cheltenham;
- The Beeches in Stroud;
- Foxes Bridge Day Centre and The Royal Forest Centre in the Forest of Dean;
- Westbrook House in Gloucester; and
- Tewkesbury Day Centre in Tewkesbury.