Respite Care

Being a full-time carer can be very demanding. Respite care offers an opportunity for carers to take a break and focus on their own lives, whether that’s catching up with friends and family or taking a holiday.

Respite care can also be an invaluable opportunity for older people as well. Changing their environment can add variation to their routine. Meeting new people and enjoying different activities can also have a very positive impact on their wellbeing.

Ensuring your loved one is receiving the very best care is of the utmost importance. Our carers are qualified to provide a range of services and treat individuals with dignity and compassion. We also ensure that each client’s differences are recognised, understanding their preferences, requirements and limitations.

Respite care can last for days or weeks depending on your needs. Call us on 01733 808531 to discuss your situation and we will be more than happy to provide information about our care services.

Caring for a family member is a rewarding task, but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. Many dedicated caregivers find themselves in need of a break, and that’s where respite care plays a crucial role.

Sometimes, no matter how much the local council want to help in these situations, the carers aren’t always available. And, putting off a vital break for a family care-giver could damage their mental and physical health.

At Greenwood Homecare, we understand the challenges caregivers face. We can arrange respite care designed to provide temporary relief so that family carers and their loved ones receive the support they need.

Help when you need it

Daytime visits

Daytime visits provide support for you from 30 minutes up to all day long.

Overnight care

Depending on your needs our carers can be awake throughout the night or on-call and able to assist when needed.

24/7 Live-in care

Our live-in care services give you 24/7 support, providing a better alternative to care home.
More About Respite Care

According to the NHS, the Carers Trust and other charities, support for carers should be a priority. If your loved one needs care but is not in a care home, it may be that one or more family members act as their carers.

While this support is vital to avoid your loved one having to move into a care home, it may be that the family caregiver themselves needs support. As an alternative to regular homecare services, a respite carer could step in to provide some well needed support instead of the elderly person having to spend time in the unfamiliar surroundings of a care home.

Respite care is a temporary care service that allows primary caregivers to take a break from their responsibilities while ensuring their loved ones continue to receive quality care.

It serves as a vital support system and can help prevent burnout for carers while maintaining the overall well-being of the person receiving care.

When Is Respite Care Needed?

Respite care becomes essential in various situations. Carers may need a break due to their own health concerns, personal commitments, or simply to avoid burnout.

It’s also valuable for situations where the primary carer needs to travel or attend to other responsibilities for a few hours. By providing temporary relief, respite care allows carers to attend to their own needs.

This can help by reducing stress and promoting a healthier life balance for a family member with multiple different roles.


family caregiver in need of support


What Types Of Respite Care Services Are Available?

Whether you need a break from caring responsibilities or you are looking for respite services to give a family caregiver a well-earned break from caring responsibilities, we’re here to help.

There are different types of respite care you might need, as many care situations vary depending on what has brought about the need for respite.

These include:

Dementia Respite

It is not uncommon for a carer to need a short break, particularly when caring for someone with dementia. This type of ongoing care can be difficult for a family member.

Respite care is invaluable for a loved one living with dementia, but remember that regular home care services can be used to help support the main carer’s welfare year round. Sometimes just knowing that a professional carer will visit at a regular time each week or month for a few hours can relieve the stress of looking after someone with dementia.

Emergency respite care

If family members cannot step in when there is an emergency and the regular carer is taken ill, or simply needs a short notice break to take care of their own family, there are many benefits of using a respite care service.

For example, this would mean you don’t have to rely on group homes or day care centres at short notice, which, if your loved one is not keen on care homes, might help to keep them in good spirits until you return.

A respite carer would save you having to put your loved one in a residential home for a time, and could ensure they were looked after for a short period until the family caregiver could return.


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How Much Does Respite Care Cost?

If you have already had a carer’s assessment and been provided with advice from the local council, you may be worried that a financial assessment or other benefits would make you ineligible for support to fund respite care.

However, this may not be the case. There are various options that could help fund respite care.

Further advice on your options

If the local authority has already spoken to you about the services they can offer, but you’d like to find your own respite care for your loved one, we can help.

We can match you with a respite carer for occasional breaks, or provide a regular carer, depending on your needs assessment.


The Importance of Quality Respite Care

The quality of respite care is paramount in ensuring a positive experience for both the caregiver and the care recipient.

Greenwood Homecare is committed to delivering high-quality respite care that goes beyond meeting basic needs. Our caregivers are trained to provide compassionate and personalised support, tailoring their approach to the unique requirements of each individual. Whether you are looking for emergency respite care, or temporary care that is planned in advance, we aim to make the process easy for both you and your family.

old lady in need of respite care

Greenwood Homecare – Specialists In Respite Care

At Greenwood Homecare, we recognise the importance of maintaining routines and ensuring a smooth transition during respite care in order to relieve stress and bring peace of mind.

Removing the stress

If your loved one needs emergency care, this could be worrying for them. We can provide respite care, sometimes at a moment’s notice that will allow for a person to stay in their own home, rather than having to make use of a day care centre or a sitting service that may not meet their needs.

Our carers are skilled in building rapport quickly with older people, understanding their preferences, and providing a sense of continuity.

Whether it’s assistance with daily activities, medication management, transport to appointments and activities, or simply offering companionship, our services are designed to meet a range of needs.


How a Respite Carer Can Help

During respite care, our carers step in seamlessly to provide the necessary support. This may include assistance with personal care, meal preparation, medication reminders, and engaging in activities that promote mental and emotional health.

Our goal is not just to maintain the standard of care but to enhance the overall quality of life for the person receiving care.


How to Arrange Respite Care

Choosing a respite care provider requires careful consideration, as the well-being of both the caregiver and the care recipient is at stake.

Greenwood Homecare stands out with our commitment to excellence. Our caregivers undergo rigorous training, ensuring they are equipped to handle a variety of situations with professionalism and empathy – and provide services that meet a range of needs. We prioritise clear communication, collaboration with family members, and maintaining a consistent level of care that encourages trust and reliability.

To book respite care with Greenwood Homecare, all you have to do is pick up the phone and get in touch. We have locations in Grantham, Cambridge and Peterborough and cover all surrounding areas.

Whether you receive carer’s allowance, local council funding, or intend to pay privately, we have one basic rule – to put you and your loved ones first.


Choosing The Right Respite Services

Selecting the right respite care provider is a critical decision that directly impacts the health and happiness of both the caregiver and the person receiving care, as well as the wider family.

It’s not just about filling a gap in caregiving; it’s about entrusting your loved one’s well-being to a provider that values them as an individual.

Greenwood Homecare services understands this responsibility and works to exceed expectations, providing a level of care that promotes peace of mind for both caregivers and care recipients.


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Leave your details and we’ll contact you to answer any questions and schedule your care assessment at your convenience. Alternatively you can email or call one of our offices:


Peterborough 01733 808531
Grantham 01476 849522
Cambridge 01223 850938

Home Assessment

We will agree a time to come and visit you in your own home. We will take the time to fully understand your care needs, and provide recommendations as to what type of care is required.

Care delivery

Once agreed, we will begin to deliver the care. Whether hourly, live-in, or night care, we will endeavour to deliver the best possible care.