A respite or short-term stay may be needed for a period of convalescence after an operation, accident or illness, or because the resident’s usual carer is on holiday or a short break.

It is not unusual for short stays to be repeated, and often our respite residents decide to stay for the longer term once they have experienced life with us here at OSJCT.

Respite stays, by their short-term nature, can be perhaps a little daunting at first for both our residents and their loved ones. At OSJCT, we know this so, as we do when we welcome any resident to us, we make a special effort to make our respite residents feel welcome, happy and valued. As a relative or friend, you can relax knowing that your loved one, patient or friend is in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment where they will receive high quality care respectful of their privacy and dignity.

It’s all about the care

Our residents are at the heart of everything we do, and their wellbeing is paramount. We pride ourselves on delivering care to the highest standards. We try to learn as much as possible about each person who lives with us, so that we can provide them with care and support tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Activities and services

At OSJCT, our approach to respite care is no different to our approach for our longer-term residents. We know that being able to keep up existing hobbies and interests is a great way of maintaining independence. We also believe in giving people the opportunity to try new things – it gives a great sense of achievement and often fulfils long held ambitions to just “give it a go”.

Each of our homes has its own Activity Co-ordinator, who is responsible for arranging a varied programme of activities for our residents, ranging from gardening, to arts and crafts, painting or for the more adventurous, swimming and ice skating. Also, on offer, is also activities such as knitting, reading, doing a jigsaw or joining our cinema club.

Our respite residents can take advantage of the wealth of activities available living with OSJCT, whilst also benefiting from regular visits from health and social and medical professionals, such as Chiropodists or GPs.


A talented chef and kitchen team prepare tasty, home-cooked meals. The freshly prepared, delicious dishes are carefully balanced to get the best nutritional value and cater for individual dietary requirements and preferences.

Residents are always consulted about the food available to them, our chefs will come and talk to you about your likes and dislikes to ensure that you have the very best dining experience and really look forward to meal times

As most of our food is home-cooked, daily menus vary from home to home. To get a real flavour for what might be on offer, please contact one of our homes and they will be delighted to provide you with an up to date example of their own menu.

Get in touch

We have over 70 care homes across four counties; Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.  Each of our homes has their own unique character – just like our residents, but what they all have in common is the OSJCT ethos of care, where the individual person is at the heart of everything we do.

Call us on - 0800 988 8133 
Send us an email - enquiries@osjct.co.uk