Mental Health Care
in Henleaze, Bristol
'As soon as I walked into Ashbourne House, I was aware of a happy, friendly 'home-from-home' atmosphere. Mum has lived there for nearly three years and she has always been treated with great care and respect.'
February 2016 Angela, Daughter of Resident
Caring for an elderly person can be very demanding and tiring. The residential respite care services offered at Ashbourne House Care Home are designed to provide an essential break, whilst ensuring peace of mind that your loved one is in a safe and welcoming place.
Our convalescent services provide the short-term professional residential respite care you might need after an injury or surgery. This is often the perfect alternative to a hospital environment during the recovery process.
Ashbourne House Care Home tailors our respite care to the needs of each individual and our qualified staff have specialist expertise in supporting older people who have forms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, physical disabilities or restricted mobility.
We understand the importance of respite care and the short-term, temporary relief it offers to people who care for family members. Many families take great pride in providing care to their loved ones, but sometimes the responsibility can be overwhelming without support. Respite at Ashbourne House Care Home provides a well-earned break for the family caregiver - offering an opportunity for them to recharge their own batteries - and can also offer a positive experience for the person receiving the care.
It can also be a valuable break for older people too – a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and maybe even try new activities and experiences.
READ: The Impact of Eating Disorders on the Elderly
Eating disorders that are common among the elderly include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. A literature review, which examined published cases of eating disorders in people over 50 years old found that “The majority (81%) of cases had anorexia nervosa, and 10% had bulimia nervosa. Late-onset eating disorders were more common (69%) than early onset.”
Further, while eating disorders can manifest similarly across the lifespan-there are a variety of different factors to take into account when diagnosing and treating an elderly individual that is struggling with an eating disorder.
READ: Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
Sleep disorders are fairly common in older adults. As you get older, sleep patterns and habits change. Many older people often report trouble maintaining a good night’s rest, not so much falling asleep. Most studies conclude that behavioral therapies are preferable to medications, which can have unwanted side effects like nausea.
Insomnia is both a symptom and disorder. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and dementia can increase risk for sleep disorders, especially insomnia, according to a study in Nurse Practitioner.
WATCH: The dementia guide from The Alzheimer's Society
This fascinating video takes a look at the lives of those affected by the diagnosis of dementia. It provides an insight to coping mechanisms and contains helpful information for anyone taking on a caring role.
The video talks about dementia and the treatments, support and services that are available, including how to decide on the most suitable care home for yourself or loved one. You'll find information about how you can live as well as possible with dementia and about making plans for the future.
For further advice on how to deal with dementia care, convalescent, respite or palliative care, or if you have any questions about how Ashbourne House Care Home could help, please use the contact form to get in touch. We are one the longest established, family run residential care homes for the elderly in Bristol, and we’re here to help.