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Rita's short summer stay at encore care homes

Care home resident praises staff as Encore Care Homes launches short summer stay initiative

One of our fantastic care home residents has spoken about how much she loves one of our care homes in response to the launch of our short summer stays initiative for older people.

Rita’s short summer stay at Encore

Rita Satchwell moved to Fairmile Grange following a hospital admission due to a fall. She was initially apprehensive about moving to a care home as she said that she had maintained a level of independence in her own home and worried that this would not be supported by our team. However, she says that we have enabled her to continue to do many things for herself with our support, such as going for a short walk through the corridors and in the gardens, and taking part in crafts and flower arranging activities with the other residents.

Respite care

We have launched a short summer stay initiative, enabling older people in Dorset and Hampshire to receive flexible, temporary care which is personalised to the individual. Respite care stays can last from two to six weeks, which could potentially be used as a trial for an older person to experience living in a care home before they decide if full-time, residential care is the next step for them.

Rita pictured on her daily walk with Kim Butters, Wellbeing Manager, at Fairmile Grange in Christchurch

Rita said: “I’ve always had my own independence and I’m a very independent lady. I was very apprehensive before I came to Fairmile Grange as I didn’t know what a care home was going to be like, but I’d only been here a matter of three or four days and I was completely at home. I still do the little things that I want to do.

She added: “I love it here, I’m very happy here and I love the people here. The carers are brilliant, they have always got a smile. Fairmile Grange is a beautiful place. The staff made me feel relaxed. It’s a lovely place to be.”

We are also currently running a promotion for older people to stay for four weeks but only pay for three, enabling them the chance to try out the facilities, benefit from round-the-clock care and support, enjoy a range of homecooked meals, and participate in a host of organised on-site activities.

Encore care homes

There are four care homes across Dorset and Hampshire providing residential, nursing and dementia-dedicated care at Great Oaks in Bournemouth, Oakdale in Poole, Fairmile Grange in Christchurch and Hamble Heights in Fareham.

We are now able to welcome family members and their loved ones to have a Covid-safe viewing of the purpose-built facilities available within the care homes. Full PPE and rapid flow testing are in place for the safety of the care home residents, team, and visitors.

For more information, visit our respite care page.