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Lancaster Care Home offers respite from family support stress this Christmas

Ashton Manor – the new state-of the-art Lancaster care home offering the highest quality residential, nursing and dementia care – has introduced a four-week ‘Winter Wellbeing’ respite package for families worried about being able to care for their elderly relatives over Christmas in these unpredictable times.

The respite care service will run from Monday 7th December until Sunday 3rd January and has been designed to give families peace of mind that their elderly relatives can be well cared for over the festive season.  For many families, the shadow of COVID has raised the question of how to cope if family circumstances suddenly change this year and carers are forced to self-isolate.  Larger families, with more than one elderly household to care for, may also be faced with tough decisions given restrictions around social interaction. 

By helping families plan ahead, the respite care package removes much of the stress that surrounds the season for people caring for relatives.  Catering both for individual residents, as well as couples, the package has been carefully designed to ensure that it’s fully COVID compliant, whilst retaining a sense of celebration for respite residents over the festive season.  

‘Winter Wellbeing’ residents will move into the home by 7th December, meaning that an initial 14 days spent in a quarantine suite – with a select group of carers – will be completed in time to take part in the warm, friendly festivities planned from Christmas Eve onwards.  The team at Ashton Manor is passionate about making sure the quarantine period is a pleasant experience, with one-to one-activities planned, and spacious, light filled, beautifully decorated rooms to enjoy. 

Ashton Manor, which welcomed its first residents in October, provides a comfortable and stimulating environment, with spacious bedrooms over three floors. Day rooms and lounge areas are set in small, cosy seating groups, to give a personal and relaxed feel, just like home. Upper-floor terraces with leafy views, a tea room serving freshly baked cakes, an internal courtyard, hairdressing salon, library and cinema room, all ensure residents feel pampered as well as having all their care needs met.  

Whilst celebrating Christmas with residents will be the front-of-house focus, in the background, Ashton Manor boasts unobtrusive, innovative care technology.  The pristine home runs like clockwork thanks to electronic security, assistive technology, the latest infection control procedures and laundry systems, high specification assisted bathrooms, and, of course, Wi-Fi throughout. 

Christmas plans include decorating the home, festive mince pie making and present wrapping sessions, accompanied by Sherry or Baileys for those who fancy raising a glass.  Cheery carol services will be led by the lifestyle team and streamed in by video call.  

Internet access and video calling help residents to stay in contact with loved ones remotely over the Christmas season. Personal connection is key, from finding ways to keep in touch with family, to everyday friendly chats with the Ashton Manor team.  The team is tirelessly working to create safe environments for family visits, with new developments being implemented at pace. 

Gaye Clark, commissioning director at Ashton Manor, said: ‘’We’re really thrilled to offer this respite service: we know what a stressful time Christmas can be at the best of times for families with caring commitments.  There are lots of different angles to what can be a thorny topic – from elderly relatives desperate not to be a burden, to sandwich generations with dependant parents and in laws. Plus, with people less likely to be able to travel and mix this year, families are under more pressure than ever. 

‘’Letting us look after your loved ones this Christmas is like entrusting them to extended family, but family with high-level care experience and credentials!’’

Ashton Manor is the first care home operating under the Evermore name, but the team behind the home is well-known locally, having provided mental health services and independent home care in Preston for 15 years under the Active Pathways brand.

The £8 million development took four years from planning to completion and significant investment into staffing means that the care team can focus on their true job of caring and concentrate on residents’ needs.

 

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