Respite Care

Emergency or short term care when you need it

Respite care is short-term care that you can call upon when you need it. In an emergency situation, perhaps where homecare is delayed or you’re returning home after an operation and need extra support, respite care makes sure you have what you need.

Another popular use for respite care is to provide a break for people who are caring for a family member. If you’re not a full-time carer, it can be difficult to provide constant care, no matter how much you love someone. Respite care is a way to take a short break, recharge, and look after yourself.

While some care homes offer respite care, our live in respite care allows you to remain in your home and avoid the stress or difficulty of having to move for a short period of time.

Because we have been providing care for more than 30 years we have developed a wonderful team of dedicated carers willing to help someone at very short notice.

We can provide short term respite carers at any time to help with:

  • Giving a relative or carer a break or holiday.
  • Helping someone returning from hospital after an operation or treatment.
  • Emergency cover when a family crisis arises or a regular carer is unavailable.
  • Providing a carer or companion to accompany a person on holiday or a short break.
  • Providing care for clients with dementia or chronic illness.
  • Providing care for someone who is taken ill and needing support.

We understand how important continuity is for an older person and if a client requests a certain carer who they have had before then we will do our very best to place them.

Respite Care and Carer’s Allowance

If you receive Carer’s Allowance for your role in caring for a loved one, you may be concerned about how this will affect your allowance. We advise taking specialist advice from the Carer’s Allowance Unit to be completely confident in how respite care might affect you.

The general rule is that you can continue to receive your Carer’s Allowance for up to four weeks in any six-month period if you have a break from caring, however the rules can be complicated and depend on many different factors, so taking advice will give you peace of mind before you make a decision.

Contact Featherbed Homecare today

For helpful, friendly advice or emergency care assistance

Office numbers:

Call freephone  0800 111 4885
Bristol office  01179 860710
Poole office  01202 706313

Local contact numbers:

Stroud / Gloucestershire
01453 869008

Wells / Mendips
01749 349007

Chew Valley / Whitchurch
01275 861015

Weston-super-Mare / Somerset
01934 757037

Midsomer Norton / Radstock
01761 459002