The Day Respite Service, offered four days a week at our Hove property, caters for up to 10 people each day.
Alwyndor General Manager Beth Davidson-Park said the addition of Day Respite to Alwyndor’s range of services has been well-received by the community.
“We started the Day Respite service in June last year and it is focused on respite for carers as well as being a quality experience for our clients,” Beth Davidson-Park said.
“We offer our clients the chance for social interaction while taking part in stimulating activities of their choice.
“And their carer can rest assured knowing their loved one is in a safe, supportive environment.”
Day Respite activities include exercise classes, gardening, walks, bowling, Tai Chi, massage, bingo, putt-putt mini-golf, and dancing.
A barbecue lunch for Day Respite clients is held on the second Tuesday of each month, a men’s group started earlier this year and is held every fortnight on a Thursday.
All outdoor activities are within a garden setting that is fully fenced and secure.
“These activities can be tailored to individual needs, desires, and any goals our clients wish to achieve as a part of their daily life,” Beth Davidson-Park said.
Clients are also taken on a scenic bus drive once a month, which includes morning tea.
The Day Respite service, which operates from 9.30am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, also provide a gentle transition pathway for clients who may require residential respite care, which is usually offered in a two-week block.
"Through Day Respite, our clients get to know the staff and carers at Alwyndor, which is helpful if they require an increased level of care and eventually become a permanent resident of Alwyndor,” Beth Davidson-Park said.