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What is respite care?

Respite care at home is a short term and flexible arrangement that allows for a person to be cared for in the comfort and familiarity of their own home by a professional carer, whilst a family carer takes a break from looking after their loved one. As with a permanent arrangement of care at home the carer will be trained to look after people living with a diverse range of conditions, including dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or for those needing stroke care or post-operative care.

Benefits of respite care


Caring for a family member who requires day-to-day home care and support can at times be emotionally and physically demanding for those providing care. Everyone, understandably needs some time to catch up on daily life, take a holiday or simply have some relaxation time to refresh and recharge. At The Good Care Group you can be rest assured that you can happily do this whilst your loved one is receiving the highest quality live-in care, provided by a carer who is able to meet their medical, social, domestic and personal needs whilst improving their overall health and wellbeing. And all in the place they know and love best – their home.

Respite care also provides families with an opportunity to try a 24-hour live-in care arrangement for the first time and take the step into a more permanent arrangement.

This gives everyone the opportunity to understand the practical and emotional considerations. It allows you to understand how live-in care works, how it will be managed, how your loved one will respond to a relationship with their carer and adapt to a new way of living that benefits both the person being cared for and the family carer. For a minimum of two weeks (which can be taken as two separate weeks if needed) you can really see if live-in care is right for you and your family.

Families can also plan with respite home care. A series of bookings can be made over a period of time with the same care team providing consistency of care for your loved one, whilst providing you with the flexibility to plan breaks away from your role as family carer.


"The care my mother has received has been genuine and to a very high standard. She has had two respite periods of care and the carers have helped her keep safe and happy. Every thought is given to maintaining choice in all aspects of her care and in promoting self-worth. The relationship with the family and all other people involved in day to day life has been excellent and the carers are matched perfectly. Passing on responsibility of care is difficult, but the experience of using The Good Care Group has given us plenty of support when we have needed it most."

- K Walter

What is provided by our respite care team?


Respite care near you provided by The Good Care Group offers everything from companionship and friendship, to cooking meals and eating together, heading out to a club or activity or offering a much-needed listening ear - our professional carers are there to support people’s existing lifestyles, whilst positively enhancing them.

For those who require medical care or support with conditions you can have peace of mind that all our carers are trained in conditions that affect older people, but also in how to identify any potential medical concern and respond appropriately to any emergency ensuring your loved one’s health and wellbeing at all times. Reassurance when you need it most.

We also support post hospital discharge and our professional carers will work with our in-house Occupational Therapist, Jackie Cooper and physiotherapists to facilitate those requiring rehabilitation get back on their feet quickly.

Our carers can help with:

  • Personal care (hygiene)
  • Cooking and meal planning
  • Housekeeping - cleaning and laundry
  • Household management/administration
  • Mobility support
  • Social activities and lifestyle support – both in and out of the home
  • Shopping and trips outdoors

Why choose The Good Care Group for respite care?

We have been providing high quality, live-in respite care to many families across the country for over 10 years. At the heart of our respite care is enabling people to live well in their own home with a carefully well-matched, trained professional carer who provides a better quality of life for those receiving care, whilst families receive a fully managed and regulated service that families can trust and rely on. There are many other compelling benefits to receiving respite care from The Good Care Group:

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A perfectly matched care team

A live-in care arrangement usually involves two carers working on a two-week rotation. They will be carefully matched working with you and your family to ensure they are able to meet not just your care and support needs, but are closely aligned with how you wish to live your life, sharing common interests, personalities and backgrounds. In the rare situation, the match does not work out we will happily work with you and your family to find the care team that does.

Living safer and healthier at home

Our vigilant and watchful professional carers ensure the highest levels of health and wellbeing are maintained. They cover everything from implementation of falls management plans, specialist pressure care, infection monitoring using the latest technology to reducing falls and accidents and providing care for those living with specialist conditions, like dementia and Parkinson’s. The Good Care Group is proven to reduce hospital admissions and keep people safer, happier and healthier at home negating the need for them to move from their much-loved home into a care home setting for a respite stay.

Expertly trained care teams

Our industry leading training programme completed by our care teams has been created with leading charities and experts and goes well beyond industry standards. This enables our professional carers to support a range of conditions affecting older people, including complex conditions that require more monitoring, care and support. From training, through probation, into placement and beyond our carers never stop learning new skills that ensure they can deliver the quality care our clients should expect, whilst finding new ways to further enhance the level of care they provide.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Good Care Group is the only live-in care provider in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by CQC across all five categories – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. We know this provides families with peace and mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

A fully managed and regulated respite care service

We provide a fully managed and regulated home care respite service which offers families reassurance at a time they need it most. Unlike introduction agencies who are not regulated by CQC, all our professional carers are directly employed and managed by us. We ensure they are supervised by an experienced manager and supported by clinical experts – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Local teams with national coverage

We operate nationwide with a local approach to management of our teams near you. Each dedicated care manager has as small portfolio of clients to support, enabling the care team to provide a tailored one-to-one approach with the highest levels of monitoring and support.

"My mother’s respite carer is fantastic, and I am overwhelmed by her professionalism. They are so well matched – I heard them laughing together – the first time I have heard my mother laugh in a very long time. Thank you so much, I really feel I can relax now knowing how well cared for and happy she is."

- P Lockheart

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The cost of respite care

Our costs of care for a respite is subject to a full assessment of your loved one’s needs.

We also offer discounts for a repeat or for a series of respite bookings.

It is worth considering that live-in respite care is comparable to the care offered in a care home, with all the compelling benefits of staying in the comfort, familiarity and safety of your own home and surroundings.

How to arrange respite care

The approach we take to organising in home respite care is the same as with our permanent live-in care service. If you get in touch with us, you can speak to a member of our experienced team who will answer any questions you may have and provide any information you need to make the right decision.

We will then arrange a no-obligation home meeting with you and your loved one to discuss their needs and how we will match the perfect professional carer for you so we can then ensure we get the right team and care package in place.

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Talk to us about your care needs

Call our team today – we are available 24/7 to take your call.