Elderly care

Respite care services at home

Abbots Care

15 June 2023

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Abbots Care Limited
(East Dorset branch)

13 April 2019

CQC overall rating


Abbots Care Limited

17 September 2021

CQC overall rating


Specialist care for your loved one when you need a break

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 looked after.

Whether you’re heading off on holiday, in need of a short break or require emergency support, Abbots Care can provide you with respite care services within 12 hours*. So no matter how quickly you need us, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your loved one will receive quality care and support from a friendly team of fully trained Care Workers.

When you get in touch with us, one of our qualified 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.

Begin your care journey

Get in touch

Our friendly care advisors are available on 0330 094 5511 to guide you through the process, explain your options and answer any questions you may have.

Free home care assessment

A qualified member of our team will contact you to discuss your needs.

Begin Care

We will work with you and your family to create a person-centred care plan, which is reviewed regularly when your care begins.

What is respite care?

Respite care services provide 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, where they are comfortable, without disturbing day-to-day routines – all whilst still receiving the care they need. Here at Abbots Care, we offer two types of respite care at home: Live-in care 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 have 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:

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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.

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Help with mealtimes

Whether your loved one cooks their meals from scratch or receives 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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A friendly face to chat to, rely on and enjoy their company.

Everything You Need to Know About Respite Care

We understand that being away from your family member may cause some concern, especially if you are their sole carer. But as a family run business, we recognise that everyone needs a break sometimes. 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 and physical disability, live-in, overnight care, as well as respite services for carers themselves.

The Abbots Care approach to Respite Care

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

Finding respite care for your child with special educational and physical needs

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

Respite Care for the Elderly

At Abbots Care, we built our home care services on strong family values, and we believe everyone should be entitled to the very best level of care. No matter if you need emergency respite care or long-term home care, we’ll be there with a smile. With us, you can rest assured that your elderly loved one will be in the best hands with our experienced team of respite Care Workers, meaning you can enjoy your well-earned break. As well as providing respite care at home for your elderly loved one, 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 can sometimes be complicated, and taking a break from time to time is important to ensure your own mental and physical wellbeing. Asking for respite care for someone you love can be especially intimidating. Our family values and strong person-centred ethos mean our fully qualified respite Care Workers 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, including emergency respite support.

Respite Care for carers – Taking a break from care

 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 Care Workers will take over your regular duties, giving you peace of mind that your loved one or person you care for is well looked after. We don’t compromise on quality meaning you can rest easy, getting the most from your time away from caring.

Finding Respite Care for Cancer Caregivers

Looking after someone living with cancer can be particularly difficult and emotionally challenging, and our respite Care Workers appreciate the importance of your wellbeing, as well as that of our Clients. Our respite Care Workers are here to look after your loved one’s care needs so you can enjoy what’s important: spending quality time together. Our respite care 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. If you care for someone living with cancer and would like to find local respite care services, contact us.

How to Find Respite Care for Autism Caregivers

Caring for someone with autism can be challenging and, here at Abbots Care, our respite Care Workers are on hand to support children and adults living with autism. Maintaining familiar surroundings and routines can be particularly important, and so respite care at home offers the ability to continue life as normally as possible. From supporting with personal care, right through to assisting with hobbies or activities, our Care Workers understand how important it is for people living with autism to feel safe and happy with their respite carer. That’s why we train our respite Care Workers to a quality care standard, with many of them undertaking further training in specific healthcare conditions and becoming specialists in their field of care. We match our Care Workers to our Clients 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, get in touch.

Respite care services FAQs

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. Find your local branch.

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Respite Care: A Resource for Caregivers

For many carers, the single biggest challenge they face is 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 or need support, there is an abundance of help out there. Our blog, ‘Caring for the Carer’ explains more, and we’re always here for advice and assistance.

Get in touch

To speak to a member of our team about how we can help to arrange respite care for you or to enquire about our elderly care services, please call us on 0330 094 5511 or fill out our contact form. A member of the team will be in touch within 2 working hours.

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