Day respite care
Suitable if your family member lives at home but is isolated or lonely.
Adult day centres are designed for older people who can no longer manage independently, or who are isolated or lonely. The centres operate during the day and planned activities promote wellbeing in a safe, supportive and cheerful environment.
Alec and Linda
Alec: “I had to retire due to poor health and underwent two heart bypasses. My mobility declined and my daughter, Linda, moved to live closer to me so she could help around the house.”
Linda: “I have been caring for Dad with the help of my husband now for about 11 years. I visit Dad twice a day, seven days a week and he has a buzzer to call me any time, day or night. I enjoy caring for Dad but it can be overwhelming at times and my own health began to suffer due to the stress. It’s the loneliness that’s the worst – I am with Dad most days but he needs other people around him, not just me. The MCF pays for Dad to go to a day centre twice a week which helps with his loneliness but also allows me to spend time with my husband, children and grandchildren or focus on work.”
Alec: “I’ve got a lovely family, lovely neighbours and wonderful brethren. I want the brethren of my lodges to know how grateful I am and how thankful I am for all the help and support they’ve given me in the last 50 years of Freemasonry. Without them, I don’t know what I would do.”
Residential respite care
Suitable if you need a short break to look after your own health and wellbeing.
If you are unable to carry out your caring responsibilities due to short-term ill health or simply needing a rest, residential care may be suitable. The person you are caring for will go for a short stay in a residential or nursing home.
We can fund up to six weeks of residential respite care which can be used at any point within a 12-month period.