Respite Care​

In home respite care gives you support without disruption when you need a break.

What is respite care?

Much of the care provided in the UK is by unpaid family carers, whether by the children of elderly parents, spouses who care for their partner or wider family members. Everybody does the best they can, but it is a demanding role and often a short break is all that is needed to ensure this arrangement continues to be a success.

Respite care services offer the short-term provision of care and support to relieve a regular carer, providing a rest when they need it and a chance to recharge.

Why choose respite care at home? 

Respite care allows families to plan a break or even a holiday with the peace of mind that their loved one is being looked after with the same level of care and compassion as they offer themselves. 

Choosing to have in home respite care helps to minimise disruption and ensures that your loved one stays within the home and community they are most familiar with, enabling them to keep to their routines, surrounded by home comforts.

Respite care is very often essential, to help recuperate from an injury or operation, or to relieve a primary caregiver who may become ill or needs a break. A respite carer can also provide support and companionship at a time of need.

If you require full-time live-in care or regular hourly care with someone to drop in when you need them, we deliver flexible and tailored respite care at home to suit your needs – planned in advance or at short notice to offer a regular break for families.

Arranging respite care

We can arrange live-in or visiting respite care anywhere in the country with emergency respite care or planned, short term breaks.

Our carers are trusted professionals who are used to adapting quickly to the needs of clients, providing expert care and companionship to relieve families, restore balance and offer fresh stimulation for those receiving care.

A Christies Carer is on hand 24/7 with a support plan to help with a range of respite care needs:

Our carers receive expert training to provide support for a range of specialist medical conditions including dementia care, after stroke care, physical injury care and learning disability care.

Contact your local branch of Christies Care. A local area advisor will provide an initial assessment and our client team will be on hand during the respite period to ensure the care runs smoothly and the experience is a success.

Respite Care: Client case study

Proven success – Outstanding results

My husband has progressive MS, and I have looked after him for a long time. For a while he was able to manage with a visiting carer twice a day when I went away for respite. But when he began to need someone living-in, friends recommended Christies Care and since then we have always arranged Christies Carers to provide care when I go away. The carers are very well trained, professional, kind and compassionate. It is a huge relief to me to be able to go away and properly rest without worrying about my husband at home. I know he is safe, and well cared for, and if there should be a problem the carer and Christies will resolve it. He enjoys having someone else in the house to talk to, and I usually find they have managed to achieve a level of mutual understanding and a shared sense of humour.

“It is a huge relief to me to be able to go away and properly rest without worrying about my husband at home.”

Home Care Services

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A staggering 97 percent of people do not want to go into a care home if they become ill or less able to cope.