Case Study: Respite Nursing Care

Respite Nursing Care

Our Aachen Brook Service, in Calderdale, is a nursing and respite service which provides care for people with learning disabilities who have physical complex health and behavioural needs.

The service provides valuable respite to families and carers who live in the community, this is organised through an annual allocation rota which is flexible to accommodate family’s lifestyles. The service has frequently taken emergency respite care which has helped with crisis situations.

The positives of our respite services are that we can work closely with external agencies, local authority, and multi- disciplinary teams to advice and work with families to educate and help improve the quality of lives for the people who use the service, an example of this:

A client who accessed our service was experiencing extreme difficulties at home which compromised the client’s physical health and wellbeing. The client was issued a long -stay allocation at our Aachen Brook service, during this time the staff team worked consistently to incorporate techniques to improve the client’s self-worth, confidence, engage with leisure and sensory activities and offer new life opportunities that the client had not experienced before.

The nurses registered the client to the local general practitioner, dentist, and occupational therapist, which significantly improved the client’s holistic health.  The manager worked with social workers and commissioners to find a property in supported living accommodation so that the client could live independently with freedom to make their own choices and decisions.

Aachen Brook’s staff team provided a transition period for the client and took him on visits to various properties, prior to the clients moving out date. The dedication and diversity of the staff team enabled the client to succeed, which generated immense pride and happiness which transformed the client’s life.

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