Respite Care Services at Home

Specialist care for your loved one when you need a break.

Elderly Respite Care Services - Abbots Care

Sometimes you need time for yourself, especially when you care for someone else. Respite care allows you to take a well-earned break, whilst your loved one is temporarily cared for. 

Whether you’re heading off on holiday, in need of a short break or require emergency support, we can provide you with care within 12 hours*. With over 25 years experience, accredited by the Care Quality Commission and a team of fully trained carers, you can enjoy a few days of rest safe in the knowledge that your loved one will receive expert support even when you’re not around. 

When you get in touch with us, one of our trained care advisors will talk you through your options for respite care services. We can arrange a free home visit to fully understand your needs and support you every step of the way so you get the respite you deserve.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is a service that provides temporary care which enables carers or loved ones to have a break from their regular care duties. This type of home care allows your loved ones to remain at home without disturbing day-to-day routines, all whilst still receiving the care they need. Here at Abbots we offer two types of respite care: Live-In services or Visiting Care services.

  • Live in care – This temporary care option provides your loved one with dedicated, around-the-clock care from one of our professional and compassionate care workers throughout the day and night.
  • Visiting care Whether it’s popping in for a friendly chat or helping with day-to-day tasks, visiting care provides extra support for a couple of hours a day or each week depending on the needs of your loved one.

You might also need short term care due to a family emergency or if something unexpected comes up. Respite care from Abbots Care ensures your loved ones always has someone there to support them, even when you’re not around. We offer emergency respite care for the elderly, children from any age, and those who require extra support with a disability, illness or following an operation. We also offer emergency respite care for dementia and for people living with cancer and long-term healthcare conditions. 

Our respite carers can support with:

  • Personal care – Help with washing, getting dressed, and help getting in and out of bed.
  • Domestic support – help with everyday tasks, from hanging washing to putting away dishes and ensuring the house is clean, tidy and safe.
  • Help with meal times – Whether your loved one cooks their meals from scratch or received meal deliveries, our carers are here to ensure they eat a balanced and fulfilling diet and will happily help with meal prep, support with eating and clearing away after mealtimes.

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Everything You Need to Know About Respite Care

The thought of leaving your loved one in the hands of someone else may feel daunting, however we understand that everyone needs a break, and our compassionate respite carers are here to help. Whether you’re looking for private respite care or a funded service, we offer affordable and bespoke plans to meet your unique requirements. Our respite care costs are competitive and a reflection of the outstanding in home service we provide. Our home care service includes personal care, dementia care, learning & physical disability, live-in, overnight care, as well as respite services for carers themselves.

The Abbots Care approach to Respite Care

Our fully trained carers care for a wide range of healthcare conditions and work by the Abbots Care family values. Whether you’re looking for domiciliary care, overnight care or specialist dementia care, we’re on hand to provide the support you need.

Finding Respite Care for Your Child With Special Educational & Physical Needs 

We understand the demands that come with caring for you child with special needs, and our specially trained children’s respite carers offer a unique, compassionate and professional service to ensure you child receives the very best continuity of care, and our utmost priority is to make sure your child feels safe, happy and cared for at all times. Making the transition into respite care can seem scary for children, and we are here to ensure a smooth transition and to provide your child with a positive experience under Abbots Care. Our cost of respite care for children is competitive and a reflection of the excellent service we offer.

Respite Care for the Elderly

At Abbots Care we have built our home care services on strong family values and we believe everyone should be entitled to the very best level of care, whether this is emergency respite care or long-term home care. With us, you can rest assured that your elderly loved one will be in the best hands with our experienced respite carers, meaning you have peace of mind and can enjoy your well-earned break. As well as providing respite care for your elderly loved one at home, we can also support during short breaks or on elderly respite holidays.

Respite Care for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Looking after a loved one or elderly relative is a big task, and taking a break from time to time is important to ensure your own wellbeing. Asking for respite care for someone you love can be especially daunting, but our family values and strong person centred ethos mean our fully qualified respite carers offer the same care for your family as they would their own. We treat each individual uniquely and all factors are taken into account when formulating a care plan, even for emergency respite support.

Respite Care for carers – Taking a break from care

Everyone needs a break from time to time, and this is no different for carers and caregivers. Whether you’re a paid or unpaid home carer, we understand the importance of taking time out to recharge and have some downtime. At Abbots Care, our respite carers will take over your regular duties, giving you piece of mind that your loved one or person you care for is well looked after. We don’t compromise on quality so you can have peace of mind while taking time out of your caring duties.

Finding Respite Care for Cancer Caregivers

Looking after someone living with cancer can be particularly difficult and emotionally challenging, and our respite carers understand the importance of your wellbeing, as well as that of our service users.  Our respite carers are here to take care of your loved one’s care needs so you can enjoy what’s important, spending quality time. Our respite services for cancer caregivers are second to none and you can be safe in the knowledge that your loved one can spend quality time with those most important to them, their family. If you care for someone living with cancer and would like to find local respite care services, please fill out our short enquiry form.

How to Find Respite Care for Autism Caregivers

Caring for someone with autism can be challenging, and here at Abbots Care, our respite carers are on hand to support children and adults living with autism. From supporting with personal care, right through to help in the community and taking part in activities, our respite carers understand how important it is for people living with autism to feel safe and happy with their respite carer. That’s why we train all our respite carers to the very highest standard with many of them undertaking further training in specific healthcare conditions they wish to specialise in. We match our carers to our customers based on their healthcare needs and individual requirements. If you currently care for someone living with autism and would like to find local respite care, please contact us.

Find Short Term Care Near Me

Our respite care services cover Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire. We are a well established home care organisation with family values at the heart of everything we do. To find your local branch, please visit

How much does Respite Care cost?

We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality respite care services, which is why our bespoke care packages are flexible and affordable. Our prices depends on your location and care needs, but generally start at £22 per hour for visiting care, or from £180 per day for live-in care. Bank holidays, weekends and overnight are charged at the higher rate, or if you currently receive funded care, the service will be priced accordingly. When you get in touch with us, a member of our specialist team will work with you to understand the care required and discuss an affordable payment plan that’s right for you.

Find Respite Care services

Our respite care services cover several locations across the South East of England, with branches in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Dorset. Contact us today to arrange your free home or telephone assessment, or to have an initial chat with one of our respite care advisors for more information.

Become a Respite Carer

Providing respite care services is a rewarding career. At Abbots Care, we have a variety of positions available that could be the perfect fit for you. Get in touch to find out more about the nationally recognised care training courses we offer and take a look at our jobs section for more details on available positions across our branches. 

Respite Care: A Resource for Caregivers

For many carers, the single biggest challenge they face is actually coping with the pressure and responsibility of providing care for a loved one on a regular basis. This can be especially problematic for those who balance care with work, or the 2.4 million ‘sandwich carers’, who simultaneously look after their children and their parents. If you currently care for a loved one and feel that you’re struggling, please read our blog ‘Caring for the Carer’.

Alternatively, please contact us for support and advice.

Get in touch

For more information on respite care services – call us today on 0330 094 5511 or complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you to answer any questions you have. We are on-hand to help make the transition simple and straightforward, which gives you the time you need to take a well-deserved break.


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