Respite Care

Respite Care

Respite Care

The Importance of Regular Respite Care

Providing care for an elderly family member is a hugely demanding job, and it requires support in order to be sustainable. Recent research, published in the British Medical Journal, finds that the impact on family carers is financial, emotional, and physical:

“Carers are at greater risk of premature death and higher disease prevalence, while neglect of their own healthcare needs is common. Such poor health is likely to be exacerbated by the social isolation, poor information and support, and financial stress that carers experience. Supporting the mental and physical health and well-being of carers is essential.”


One way in which carers can be supported is through the provision of regular respite care.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care provides an opportunity for caregivers to take a rest from their duties. It maybe an hour, a day, or a week, allowing them to let go of accumulated stress, build up their store of energy, and relax. Carers are able to let go of their responsibilities, knowing that their loved one/s are continuing to get the care and attention they need.

Types of Respite Care

It’s simply not possible for one person to shoulder the complex requirements of caring for an elderly person without support and help. Respite care is about sharing the responsibility for care and accepting that you need support as a carer. It may simply take the form of asking family members to pop in so that you can go to a yoga class or take a walk.

Alternatively, respite care can mean finding a volunteer ‘sitting service’ or using paid professional carers. Finally, you may wish to take advantage of day care centres, or a nursing home which can provide an environment in which you know your family member will receive the care they need.

Respite Care In Your Home

This is the most popular kind of respite care because it avoids the upheaval of moving to another environment and can be scheduled in regularly. The respite period may be anything between 30 minutes, to half a day, to a weekend. And it can be provided by volunteers, paid carers, or specialist carers.

Home respite care come in different forms:

  • Sitting Care. This is offered by some volunteer groups. People come and spend time with family members whilst the carer takes a break.
  • Hourly Paid Care. A trained carer makes scheduled visits to your loved one. They may help with domestic duties, cook a light meal, or sit and chat. They do whatever you need them to do.
  • Live-In Care. If you would like a weekend away, or longer, a live-in specialist carer will move into your family member’s home and look after them in your place.

Hourly paid care and live-in care requires an assessment, including a risk assessment, to determine what package of care services are required.

Working With Bedfordshire Supported Housing

Bedfordshire Supported Housing is an established local provider of hourly home care and live-in home care. We work across Bedfordshire, and we’re trusted providers of respite care. All our carers are trained, and we have specialist carers for clients requiring after-stroke care, or dementia care.

Would you like to speak to someone at BHS about respite care? Call us today on 01234 841808