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Does anyone know of somewhere in Central Portugal that does respite care.

We may need it for my sister-in-law who is in a wheelchair. We have to go back to the UK at the end of March and although most days she is self reliant there are days when she needs to be reminded to take her medication, eat and helped out of bed.

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Robin, just from observation, would say it's mostly a cultural thing. I've often been astonished at how technologically advanced Portugal is in many ways, yet the websites are generally atrocious - even those of some very decent hotels. Portuguese are by nature very sociable - have you ever waited in line at the Post Office for a conversation to end????? Perhaps it is just not a part of the dna to "talk" to a computer!

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The cultural bit I understand. What I don't understand is why have an email address if you don't use it to reply to emails from customers and potential customers? And yet somehow it is possible to use the email option to send bills!

If I wasn't prepared to use email as a means to communicate with people, I would not promote an email address on websites and business cards . . .

I'm happy to wait in queues while people blether, I am a patient person, but the email issue does frustrate me. :wink:

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I do understand your frustration, RG. That makes two of us (at the very least!)

I have emailed, called to point out I had no answer and emailed again to people I was prepared to buy everything necessary for a bathroom from. I ended up buying from somebody else (probably more expensive) because I just refuse to deal with people that are unable to answer emails for business. It just doesn't make any sense to me.

My only explanation is that Portuguese are a "face" people (that should extend to "voice", too, because they (we!) are usually as polite on the phone as when dealing with people face to face. It has been noted that the normal courtesy seems to disappear in the traffic, too.

There is another thing that drives me crazy: most of those that do answer emails will not do it unless they have a positive answer to offer. That is, they are unable to acknowledge an email, to say, we will get back to you when we have an answer. Or, we can't answer you, we just don't know. I suppose this combines with the inability of saying "I don't know", like "I don't know that place, you should ask somebody else" instead of "I think you should turn right, it must be that pink building blablabla".

Sorry, I don't understand this better than you do, and I wish this could change in my lifetime!

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I understand the question regarding emails came from my post but could we perhaps move that discussion to another post rather than my one requesting advice on respite care.

Thanks

ps. I had a reply the next day asking us to visit the facility.

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I have only just seen your message. Have you managed to find anything suitable yet?
I am an English nurse and worked 30 years in the NHS. I am registered with the Ordem dos Enfermeiros (the Portuguese official regulatory body). I offer tailor made care packages to English speaking ex-pats to enable them to stay in their own homes. I provide all levels of care including cooking meals, shopping, etc as necessary. This may be short term respite care or on going support. I am in the Vila Nova de Poiares area.
Please ring for further information or informal. non-obligatory chat 239 971567/ 969755283
Regards, Sue

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