Accommodation for short term convalescence, respite care or a holiday break

For most of the places listed below a telephone number and/or website link is given and it is suggested that a preliminary call is made for a brochure and to see whether it is worthwhile making a detailed written enquiry or application.

Many more homes are listed in greater detail in the National Directory published by the Independent Hospitals Associations. Your GP, local hospital or Citizens’ Advice Bureau may hold a copy.

Help in finding Private Care Homes offering short term accommodation can also be obtained from Independent Age and Grace Care.

Details of local Care Homes accepting short-stay patients can also be obtained from the Social Services Department of local Authorities, Medical Social Workers in Hospitals, local branches of the Red Cross, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the Yellow Pages.

Convalescent homes and holiday accommodation

Ancaster House is a care home with nursing, helping people with physical difficulties and those with sensory impairments. The home has 35 residents and can cover short stay respite and longer stays and trial visits. Contact them on 01764 652 480

Arthur House Residential Care offers men and women who are in need of residential care a friendly caring atmosphere. The home will look after those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. You can contact them on 020 8947 1218

Beggars Roost offers a dedicated respite room, which can be booked up to six months in advance. The room benefits from an ensuite shower room, fridge and telephone with direct dial telephone number. You can call them on 01243 573 750 for further details.

Berkeley Lodge, for Men and women requiring short orlong term care, including post-operative recovery and terminal illness. They have 65 single rooms all with bath and WC. For further information, please contact 01903 288 488

Birdsgrove Care Home can accommodate 87 residents, There are 67 single and 10 sharing. 24 hour nursing care. Lift. All rooms have: Nurse call facility, telephone point, colour TV. Some rooms have ensuite facilities. Will consider people with Dementia. Contact them on 01344 422 261

The Bond Hotel is a specialist hotel in Blackpool catering solely for guests who are disabled, have learning difficulties or specialist requirements. There are 65 bedrooms, most have full disabled access, level access showers, grab rails, ceiling hoists, electric beds, raised toilet seats and electric hoists are some of the facilities we have to offer. Although in principle catering for people with disabilities (i.e. 40 disabled 60 carers) this creates a lively and fantastic atmosphere thus not giving the impression of a totally disabled hotel. Short or long term accommodation / holidays for clients. For details call 01253 341 218

The Chaseley Trust is a nursing home for people aged 18 plus with all types of disability, from spinal injury, Acquired Brain Injury and stroke, to Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and a wide range of other neurological conditions Founded as a home for paralysed servicemen in 1946, Chaseley still give priority to disabled war veterans. Subsidised respite care is sometimes available. There is an adjacent hotel and other accommodation options nearby to enable family to enjoy a seaside break with their relative. Call them on 01323 744 200.

St Dominics Residential Home has 39 single rooms, many with en suites. There is provision of 24 hour long term or respite care for the elderly with two residents’ lounges, a panoramic conservatory and extensive landscaped gardens. Please contact by telephone or via website to request a brochure. Contact them on 01376 570 359.

The Erskine Home is for for ex-members, men and women, and all ranks of HM Forces and of active service in the Merchant Navy. They can accommodate 180 residents for long term and respite care. Other Erskine Homes are in Erskine, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Contact them on 0141 812 1100.

Field Lane is a Christian charity that is committed to providing innovative accommodation, care and support services for families who are homeless, older people and people with disabilities. All the homes provide excellent and dignified person-centred support and care that promotes choice, opportunity and independence for residents. They provide high quality respite care and day care for people with dementia. If you wish to contact them, please do so on 020 7748 0303.

The Friendly Societies Convalescent Home has an ‘Open to All’ policy for men and women over 18 years of age who are in need of convalescence following hospital discharge after illness or operation or a recuperative break following illness, bereavement, and for respite care. There is no nursing or carer facilities, guests must be self-caring, and be able to wash, dress and use the toilet un-aided. Call them on 01227 374 083 for further information.

The Holy Cross Hospital is registered by the Healthcare Commission as an Independent Hospital and specialising in the treatment of long term medical conditions particularly physical disability resulting from illness or injury. Conditions treated include head injuries, strokes and related conditions, degenerative illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease and Huntingdon’s Disease and other associated conditions. The hospital has single bed rooms and therapy facilities in a purpose-built modern building. Arrangements may be made for long or short term treatment and respite care is offered. For details, contact them on 01428 643 311

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation Park House is a country house hotel with a difference. An in-house care team ensures that every guest has the opportunity to enjoy a completely relaxing and revitalising holiday, with or without their carer or companion; from full personal care to a helping hand when required, or simply peace of mind knowing someone is available if needed. All rooms en-suite, specialist equipment, activities and entertainment available. Contact them on 01485 543000

Manor Barn Nursing Home for men and women seeking short or long-term care medical, geriatric, postoperative, convalescence and terminal care. Holiday patients also welcome. They can accommodate 30 residents in 28 rooms. The home is situated in the western periphery of Chichester City in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Contact them on 01243 781490

Pentlands Nursing Home for men and women seeking short orlong term care, including post operative recovery and terminal illness. They have particular expertise in cancer, ostomies and skin diseases. They have 32 single rooms all with en suite bathrooms. Call them on 01903 247211 for more information.

Philbeach for elderly men and women seeking residential or nursing care, respite care or a holiday break. Wide range of facilities available, and various activities provided to cater differing needs. Call them on 01303 262 421 for further information.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital for permanent and/or Respite Nursing and Rehabilitation care for physically disabled ex Service men and women. Multi disciplinary nursing and rehabilitation staff, Physiotherapy, Speech and Occupational therapy. Contact them on 01903 213458.

Kathleen Chambers House is a residential home for visually impaired or deaf/blind older people, providing double and single rooms with en suite facilities, home cooked meals, accessible gardens, conservatory overlooking the garden, some leisure activities. Email them or call 01278 782 142 for further information.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Break Centres operate by catchment area which comprises Counties surrounding the Centre, so as to make travel less strenuous. A hotel environment for a one or two week break providing rest and relaxation for those recovering from an illness, bereavement, or other major life-affecting event.

Poppy Break Centres do not provide assistance with nursing, personal care or medication, guests who may require this level of care are still welcome if their needs can be safely provided by an accompanying carer. Application forms are to be completed with the help of a trained Caseworker.

They have centres in Yorkshire, Nothern Ireland, Merseyside and Somerset

For further information on Poppy Break Centres call the Helpline on 0808 802 8080

The Royal Star and Garter homes provide nursing care for disabled ex- Service men and women, and the widows, spouses and partners of ex- Service people. Both homes offer short breaks as well as permanent places. Call 020 8339 5100

St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care offer full nursing care for physically disabled, post operative and chronic sick. 14 single rooms, including 1 Respite room. Most rooms are south facing with a view of the South Downs. All food cooked on premises. Call 01444 471598

Vitalise offer short breaks for physically disabled adults at purpose-built Centres. They offer 24-hour specialist nursing care on call and all provide personal support. There is a choice of activities, excursions and entertainment every week and some dedicated Alzheimer’s and MS Society weeks. Under 18s and adults with physical, sensory or learning disabilities are catered for at Churchtown. Centres are NOT suitable for guests who are bed dependent, or who have uncontrolled epilepsy or mental health difficulties. They have accommodation in Chigwll, Southampton and Merseyside. For bookings and enquiries please call 0303 303 014

Financial information

Applicants and enquirers are advised to check with the Home by telephone concerning current fees and vacancies. This is particularly important during the summer months. The organisations above may be able to quote reasonably up-to date fee levels for places they suggest but it would still be prudent to check the latest position direct with the Home.

Respite Health Care provided by the local Primary Care Trust is provided free through the NHS. Respite Care can be arranged by the local authority social services for which you may have to pay.

The Officers’ Association will consider financial assistance towards costs in needy cases and an application form will be supplied on request. When such assistance is provided, a further holiday request will not normally be considered for at least 18 months, though requests for assistance with post-hospital convalescence medically prescribed or to enable a carer of a severely disabled person to have a respite break will be considered on their merits at any time.

The Officers’ Association can also provide on request, information about finding (a) long term residential care or nursing homes and (b) sheltered accommodation for the elderly.

Holidays for the severely disabled

The Hertfordshire Association for the Disabled offer comfortable, accessible and safe accommodation for disabled to enjoy a break. Contact them at 11 Parkway, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1BJ or on 01255 426 682.

Meadows Court offer accommodation services for the older, disabled or those in need of care and/or a break. They provide a wide range of onsite services to help make stays as comfortable as possible. Contact them on 01754 872302

Located in Kineton, Warwickshire, Roxburgh House are one of a small group of care homes owned and operated by Pinnacle Care Ltd. They offer both single and double occupancy rooms, some rooms with en-suite; bathrooms and shower rooms fitted with assisted baths and sit-down showers are available. Contact them by calling 01926 640296.

Founded in 1854, the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability is the oldest independent hospital and medical charity in the UK, not to mention one of the most respected. Balancing traditional practice with specialist therapies and life changing technologies, their work makes that vital difference to the lives of profoundly disabled adults with acquired brain injuries and degenerative neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease. Contact them on 020 8780 4500.

St Marks Court Nursing Home is a purpose built home and has an excellent reputation within the community. St Mark’s provides nursing care for up to 40 older people. The staff at St Mark’s are highly committed and dedicated to the care and support of everyone in the home. Call 01792644445.