Respite care at home is a short and flexible arrangement that allows for someone to be cared for in the comfort and familiarity of their own home by a professional carer. This gives family carers the time to take a much-needed break from caregiving duties to relax and recharge. Respite care also allows families to try out a live-in care arrangement on a short-term basis to see if it suits their needs before committing.
As with a permanent home care arrangement, our respite carers are trained to look after people living with a diverse range of health conditions, including dementia, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. 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. Reassurance when you need it most.
Please get in touch to arrange your live-in care home assessment.
What does a respite carer do?
Our professional carers are there to support people’s existing lifestyles, whilst positively enhancing them. A respite carer can offer companionship and friendship, from cooking meals and eating together to heading out to a club or activity or offering a much-needed listening ear.
Sometimes incidents happen leaving you without the care you need to continue living at home safely and independently. Emergency respite care can be used to fill the gap when a person’s regular carer becomes unavailable or a sudden fall, injury or illness occurs and you need dedicated support to recover.
Just contact our friendly team and let them know about your situation. We will make it a priority to get you the respite care you need when you need it.
Our carers can provide support in the following ways:
Personal care (hygiene)
Cooking and meal planning
Housekeeping – cleaning and laundry
Social activities and lifestyle support – both in and out of the home
Shopping and trips outdoors
Post-hospitalisation and rehabilitation care
Emergency Respite 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. Everyone understandably needs some time to catch up on daily life, take a holiday or simply have some relaxation time to refresh and recharge.
With the support of our respite care, you can rest assured that your loved one is receiving the highest quality care. All are provided by a carer who is able to meet their medical, social, domestic and personal needs whilst improving their overall health and well-being.
Here are some of the many compelling benefits of respite care:
Temporary relief to family caregivers, allowing them to attend to their own needs while ensuring their loved ones receive the highest quality of care.
Provide 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.
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.
Our respite care service also provides a chance for your loved one to interact with new people and try out new caregivers or care arrangements.
By offering relief to family caregivers, our respite care service helps prevent social isolation for both the individual and the caregiver.
“The care my mother has received has been genuine and to a very high standard. She is supported to maintain choice and the carers are matched perfectly. The Good Care Group have given us much support when we needed it most.”
The cost of respite care
Our costs of care for a respite are subject to a full assessment of your loved one’s needs.
After your free, no-obligation assessment, you will receive a comprehensive care plan. This care plan will explain in detail your respite care costs. Our prices are always straightforward and transparent, with no hidden fees. We also offer discounts for a repeat or a series of respite bookings.
It is worth considering that live-in respite care is comparable to the costs of a care home, and may even be less. With the added benefit of staying in the comfort, familiarity and safety of your own home and surroundings.
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. We can explain in detail how we will match the perfect professional carer for you so we can ensure we get the right team and care package in place.
Why choose The Good Care Group as your respite home care provider?
We have been providing high-quality, live-in care to families in England and Scotland for over 10 years. The heart of our award-winning service is enabling people to live independently in their own homes with an improved quality of life.
A perfectly matched care team
A live-in care service usually involves two respite carers working a two-week rotation carefully matched with you and your family. Our focus on matching means the care team we choose will share common interests and backgrounds with you. We know this means life is enjoyable for everyone.
Expertly trained carers
All our professional carers are required to complete our industry-leading training programme before they care for our clients. Our programme has been created with leading charities and clinical experts. It goes beyond mandatory requirements in the care sector. Carers are then equipped to provide high-quality care and support for those living with specialist conditions.
Continuity of care
Unlike an agency, we employ our carers. This means they are committed to us, as we are to them. Carers enjoy the security of being employed, which means they stay with us longer. For families, this means that you get continuity and consistency of the same care team caring for your loved one.
In-house clinical experts
We have a dedicated team of in-house clinical experts. These experts lead, monitor and support our care teams to deliver best-practice nurse-led care at home.
This includes a specialist consultant nurse, who also provides Admiral Nurse services to those living with dementia. Our management team consists of nursing professionals. They guide our carers to provide safe and effective nurse-led care at home.
We also have our own in-house Occupational Therapist (OT) who works closely with healthcare professionals and our care teams. Our OT provides guidance and advice that enables people to live well in their own homes with any equipment they may need.
Innovative care technology
Unlike any other live-in care provider, we have our own online care community. Families, healthcare professionals and carers can access up-to-date information about the care being provided. It enables more effective monitoring, which means issues can be responded to efficiently. For our families, it provides a reassuring window into the care their loved one is receiving.
Improving health outcomes
Every decision we make is driven by delivering improved health outcomes for our clients. Our digital technology allows us to predict risk and shape the care we provide. We measure health outcomes.
We want to know we are improving the quality of our clients’ lives every year.
Our health and well-being aim to reduce:
Behaviours that challenge
Antipsychotic drugs in dementia care
Falls in the home
Readmission to hospital
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
They aim to promote:
Excellent nutrition and hydration
Enjoyment in life
Highest service rating from care regulators in England and Scotland
Unlike introduction agencies, we are fully regulated in England and Scotland. This means the care and support we provide are regularly inspected. We are the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We have achieved this rating in all five measures – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
In Scotland, our service has been inspected by the Care Inspectorate (CI). It has achieved the highest rating of a 6 (Excellent) for quality of care and support and 5 (very good) for staffing, management and leadership. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.
Local teams with national coverage
We operate throughout England and Scotland with a local approach to management. Each dedicated care manager local to you has only a small number of clients to support. This means they can provide higher levels of monitoring and support than other home care providers. It also means a highly personalised approach to care can be delivered.
Why choose us over a care agency?
Unlike a care agency, our service is fully-managed. This means you do not need to worry about supervising and managing the carer looking after your loved one. Our professional carers are supervised by an experienced care manager and supported by clinical experts. We provide this support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With our fully managed service, families do not have the burden of managing the care arrangement themselves. We look after all parts of the care arrangement including vetting, hiring, paying and managing your carers. We know this means families can have peace of mind, whilst enjoying more quality time with their loved ones.
“My mother’s respite carer is fantastic. I am overwhelmed by her professionalism. They are so well matched and she makes her laugh so much. Something I have not heard for a long time. I am so relaxed knowing how happy she is.”
Respite care FAQS
What is respite care?
Respite care is a short 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, while a family carer takes a break from looking after their loved one.
What does respite care provide?
Respite care offers carers and family members a break from their regular care duties. It is essential for primary carers to take regular breaks to avoid burnout. A respite carer will perform all the usual duties of the primary carer while they are away.
What are the benefits of respite care?
Regardless of how much someone enjoys care work, it can be physically and mentally tiring to provide care. Respite care allows primary carers to enjoy a well-earned break with the peace of mind knowing that another professional carer is looking after their loved one.
What is the cost of respite care?
There are many factors that play a role in determining the cost of respite care. To determine the costs of respite care, a full assessment of your loved one’s care needs will be undertaken. Short term care costs are comparable to or less than those of a care home, especially for couples.