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Time to recharge your batteries

We specialise in providing respite home care and support to those caring for someone else.

When you’re looking after a loved one or family member it can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely demanding and exhausting. Taking time out is important for your health and wellbeing, and even just a few days rest can be enough to recharge your energy levels and enthusiasm.

Here we look at what Caremark’s respite care services can offer you and your family.

We also focus on:

Respite care at home

What Caremark’s respite carers do

The cost of Caremark’s respite care services

A member of our friendly team will be happy to give you further details about Caremark’s respite care services and how we can help you and your loved one. Please click hereto find the contact details for your local office.

To read more about our respite care, visit our Respite Care Guide.

Respite care at home

Looking after someone you love can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely physically and emotionally draining. Our respite care service is designed to give you - as a carer - a break away from your day-to-day care duties, so you can recharge and revive.

Why you might need to take a break

Taking care of a loved one or family member is challenging and emotionally and physically very draining. Knowing that you can take a short break from time to time can be a great incentive to keep you going. Or maybe you’ve got to go away unexpectedly and there’s no one else to take over your care-related duties? Whatever the reason, we’re here to help give you as much of a break as you need. Our kind and highly qualified carers can visit your loved one’s home to take over the caring you do, giving you time out whenever you need it.

How often do you need a break?

You don't necessarily need to have a long break to feel the benefit. Sometimes short respite breaks at regular intervals work well. An option could be one afternoon or evening every week so that you can unwind and enjoy some 'me time’. Perhaps you would enjoy a monthly visit to the theatre, or to a health spa for a pampering session? Or maybe you need to attend an appointment, go away in an emergency, or just have a bit of time to catch-up on life admin you’ve not had time to deal with. Whatever your needs are, we are here to take the pressure off. We’re happy to be flexible and take the lead from you, responding to how you’re feeling and how your schedule is.

Peace of mind and reassurance

All our carers are highly trained thanks to our award-winning programme, so you can be confident that the person you care for will be well looked after during your absence. We’ll work with you and other caregivers or medical professionals to understand your loved one’s situation, needs and preferences, ensuring the level of care they receive is as high and as in-depth as possible. After our visits we’ll give you feedback on how they are and any tweaks can be made to our service if appropriate.

To read more about our respite care, visit our Respite Care Guide.

What do our respite carers do?

Our care assistants go above and beyond to understand your loved one’s needs, taking into account their personality, history, and personal preferences. They work with you to ensure they follow the routines that your loved one is used to and give the same level of care, for the same tasks - and possibly more - than you would be giving if you were at home with them. A detailed care plan tailored completely to their needs will be created prior to starting the respite care.

Our carers can assist as little or as much as you need. Tasks they can help with include:

  • Simple household chores
  • Personal care, including dressing, showering/washing and help with going to the toilet
  • Nursing care, such as continence support or catheter changing
  • Social activities, help with memory impairment, and general companionship, including emotional and practical support
  • Shopping, cooking and meal planning
  • Housekeeping, including cleaning, washing and drying clothes
  • Administering medication
  • Supporting recovery or convalescence following hospital discharge
  • Arranging appointments with healthcare professionals
  • Mobility support, e.g. helping your loved one move around the house
  • Feeding and looking after pets

Our respite care assistants are fully trained through our award-winning training programme. To read more about our training, visit our Caremark Training section.

Respite care gave me the break I so badly needed...

"When I look back now I realise that I was on the verge of collapse. I was so exhausted through looking after my husband, but I couldn't see it myself. My daughter arranged respite care and it gave me the break I so badly needed. I knew immediately that the carer was going to look after my husband perfectly well and felt reassured by Caremark's attention to detail and thoughtfulness in putting together the care plan for him. I returned feeling re-energised. Respite care was a lifesaver for us.”

Maureen, age 60, from Hull.

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We'll take care of everything for you

When we first work with you our care assistant will organise a briefing meeting to discuss in detail the normal care regime you follow for your relative or friend. Our carer can even work alongside you for a day so your loved one can get used to them and so that they can watch how you carry out your duties.

During your respite break we will then visit as scheduled, or stay in your home to provide live-in care as planned. We will regularly feedback to you and adjust our care if appropriate.

Respite care at home provides a gentler solution to temporarily placing your loved one in a care home, where they will be away from their familiar surroundings and possessions, and it may be more difficult for friends or family to visit them.

But don’t worry, we won’t be taking over

Of course our involvement doesn't mean that we're taking over your role - it's just a back-up service that will enable you to have time out to enjoy a well-earned, worry-free break.

To read more about our live-in care, visit our Live-in Care Guide.

Respite care is more affordable than you think

Paying for respite care depends on your personal circumstances and the type of care you need. It’s usually best to start by having a care needs assessment as you may be able to get help from your local council. Charities or benevolent funds may also be able to help or you might need to pay for the respite care yourself.

You may qualify for funding and it's possible that you or your family member may not need to pay anything at all. Visit our Guide to Financing section for further information or get in touch with the team at your local office by filling out the form below to receive a personalised quote.

You might also wish to download Age UK's helpful guide to paying for home care.

 Would you like further information on respite care?

If you would like more details about our respite care services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. A member of our team from your local Caremark office will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

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