Many of us with dementia really dislike the term respite; we also dislike the terms Day Centre or Day Care as that’s the place we took our three-year olds. Anyway, a friend Sarah Yeates and volunteer of DAI who is also the manager of the Caledonia Dementia Care recently asked me what I thought would be a more acceptable alternative name to respite, for a new overnight centre they are setting up for people with dementia (rather than the Trish Maggs Respite Centre).
The other day, I had a light bulb moment, and suggested they call it the Trish Maggs Bed and Breakfast…
Spending a few days and nights in a B&B seems far more appealing than going to respite.
What do you think? Feel free to add your thoughts.
I met Sarah a few years ago when I was invited to speak at their AGM, and we have remained in contact and become friends since then. She has also been a wonderful volunteer for DAI. and many other organisations. Thanks Sarah and Maggs, for your passion, your willingness to learn from people with dementia, and also your hard work for DAI.