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Respite care at home

What is respite care?

Respite care at home – sometimes called short term 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. Respite care allows a family carer to take a break from looking after their loved one. As with a permanent home care arrangement, the carer will be trained to look after people living with a diverse range of conditions, including:


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There are two main ways respite care can be delivered;

Live-in care – where a carer lives in your house full time and offers support and companionship throughout the day or occasionally at night. This can be beneficial if a family carer wishes to take a holiday.

Visiting care – if you require a carer to support you or a loved one for a few hours through the day or week, or to five your current carer a break.

Day care centres –this would involve spending a day at a centre where they would care for you and returning home in the evening.

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.

Our respite care services also 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.

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 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.”

K Walters

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


We have been providing high quality, live-in care to families in England and Scotland for over 10 years. At the heart of our award-winning service is enabling people to live independently in their own home with an improved quality of life. Our approach to care at home means our clients can achieve improved health and well-being. For families they benefit from peace of mind and reassurance that their loved one is receiving the very best care and support.

A perfectly matched care team

A live-in care service usually involves two respite carers working a two-week rotation. They will be carefully matched working with you and your family. We make sure they are skilled and equipped to meet all your care and support needs. Our focus on matching means the care team chosen share common interests and backgrounds. We know this means life is enjoyable for everyone. Your care team really gets to know you and your needs, which means you get consistency of care.

Expertly trained carers

All our professional carers are required to complete our 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. Our carers never stop learning new skills to further enhance the care they provide.

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. Those who work for agencies move around more. For families this means that you get continuity and consistency of the same care team caring for your loved one. This means high-quality care can be achieved with improved outcomes and no disruption to your loved one’s life.

In-house clinical experts

We have a dedicated team of in-house clinical experts. 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 home with any equipment they may need. These experts lead, monitor and support our care teams to deliver best practice nurse-led care at home.

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. Our carers also use the online community to share ideas and support each other. It provides a vital connection which is important when remote working. Carers will use the online community so their clients can enjoy time online. This includes video calls with family, so they feel connected. Clients can use it to shop online or browse the web.

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
  • Hospital admissions
  • Readmission to hospital
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Chest infections
  • Carer stress
  • They aim to promote:
  • Independence
  • Well-being
  • 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 is regularly inspected. We are the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by 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.

A fully managed service

Families benefit from our fully managed service delivered by care experts. 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. Your dedicated care manager will be on hand to support you, your loved one and our carer teams. We invest in our care management team to ensure they have enough time to give the support everyone needs. With our fully managed service, families do not have the burden of managing the care arrangement themselves. We know this means families can have peace of mind, whilst enjoying quality time with their loved one. They do not have to worry about the tasks of caring.

Local teams with national coverage

We operate throughout England and Scotland with a local approach to management of our teams near you. 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.

“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.”

P Lockheart


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.


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.


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.

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