Carol, on how Spurr House helped her and her mum get their confidence back.
'Mum had been in and out of hospital since the summer; each time she was told she discharged, she certainly wasn’t well enough to come home, even with care in place. I was struggling to visit her in hospital twice a day, whilst dealing all the calls from her friends, who used me as a diary for when they could visit her.
I was also feeling the emotional strain of realising I was unable to continue to care for her, but I wasn’t prepared to give in; I wanted her to come home. Both Spurr House and Elmhurst had been recommended by friends and we’d already used Elmhurst for a holiday break. Mum went to Spurr House for a couple of short visits between her stays in hospital, while I made sure everything was ready for her at home. Knowing mum was at Spurr House was such a relief and it gave me breathing space to organise a support plan, a downstairs bedroom and the aids she needed.
Mum gained confidence and got her strength back while she was there – they got her back on her feet and gave us a bridge between hospital and home; it gave us both the confidence to try again at home.
To anyone thinking of going to Spurr House, I would say that it’s absolutely a safe, supportive, caring place for respite. The staff were truly wonderful with me and my mum and we were both grateful for the help, support and kindness we got from everyone there.'
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