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When you’re in a need of a break, we’re here to help

No matter how committed you are to the needs of your loved one, as a full-time carer it’s so important to make time for yourself. That’s where we come in to help. Whether it’s covering a two-week holiday, a short break or urgently because of sickness, we’re here when you need us.

Choosing Helping Hands for your respite care means we can pull on our large pool of carers, spreading all corners of England and Wales, to find the right match for you and your care needs. With over two decades of experience in supporting adults of all ages – with dementia, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injuries and many other conditions – we can provide a carer who is fit to fill your shoes.

Even though respite care is only for short periods of time, our carers take pride in their work and it’s very common for them to develop strong bonds with the people they care for. This has become the renowned Helping Hands way of providing care.

Speak to us today to see how we can help you. If you need respite care in an emergency, we can help within as little as 24 hours’ notice.

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What is respite care?

Caring for a loved one can be physically and mentally demanding, and much more than purely handling the day-to-day tasks. Especially when caring for a loved one for long periods at a time, the emotional strain can sometimes start to take its toll.

With respite, a trusted and trained carer steps in to care for your loved one while you have a much-deserved break. It means you can have some ‘you’ time before returning home, fresh and renewed.

Respite care can either be provided through:

  • Live-in care – where the the carer lives in your house, offering support and company day and night
  • Visiting care – if you need some extra support for a just a few hours each day or each week

Try before you buy – sampling our services

Some people use our respite service to sample home care for the first time and see whether it suits them. It means they have a taster of how live-in care or visiting care works with us without making a commitment.

Call us for a chat about our respite care services and get a taster of how we do home care.


How does respite care work?

Respite care is designed in such a way that you can rest and recharge from your care role safe in the knowledge that your loved one is being fully cared for.

Your chosen carer is there to do all the things you normally do as a carer. They can live in the home with your loved one or attend on a visiting basis – your tailored plan for care is completely up to you.

Your carer’s daily tasks could involve:

  • Nursing care needs, such as catheter or continence support
  • Mobility support, helping your loved one move around the house
  • Administering medication
  • Ongoing companionship and emotional support
  • Cooking meals and fetching the food shopping
  • Housekeeping, including washing and drying clothes
  • Arranging visits out, for a break or to see family and friends
  • Feeding and caring for pets if you have any

We do everything we can to make the handover and transition as smooth as possible. Even if respite care is for just a few days, you’ll be matched with a short-term carer that you feel comfortable with – someone who is perfectly able to pick-up where you left off.

Call us today to see how we can help. We can always arrange for your local care specialist to visit you in your home and discuss the options in person.

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Christina’s story: Our concerns soon disappeared

Christina contacted us about our respite services. Her husband has Parkinson’s and, as Christina provides him with full-time support, she was hoping to arrange a short break.

Christina described her initial concerns before she contacted us: “I was really worried about leaving my husband with a stranger and he was anxious about having someone who he didn’t know.

“Once we met our carer those worries were soon gone. The carer was brilliant and very knowledgeable of my husband’s complaint, which put me at ease in going away.

“My husband said the carer was really helpful, took him out most days and even got him doing his exercises. The carer was very respectful of our home and did everything that was required of him.

“We cannot speak highly enough of our carer and of the way Helping Hands arranged this. I would have no hesitation of in going back to Helpings Hands when I need to have another respite.


Extra reassurance for your family

Inviting someone new into your home can be a difficult decision to make. You may be concerned about a disruption to your daily routines or wonder about the level of care that someone else will provide.

Let us reassure you. Here at Helping Hands we recruit only the very best carers, with each one being chosen for their compassionate nature and dedication to making a difference through one-to-one care. They’re fully trained and supported by our nursing-led team of care specialists on an ongoing basis.

No matter how short a placement is, our carers recognise the importance of continuing the same routines and tailoring care to your loved-one’s likes, interests and lifestyle. Completely committed to your family’s needs, your carer will offer as much care and attention as they would on a permanent placement.

Helping Hands provided cover whilst I was away. I felt reassured that all was well in my absence and on my return Mum looked happy and the house had been cleaned and tidied for me.

Kathleen from Leicestershire


Emergency respite: how it works

Respite care can also provide cover if you become ill or have to go to hospital. Emergency respite is often needed at very little notice. And it’s possible to arrange cover within as little as 24 hours.

With fully trained and experienced carers throughout England and Wales, we have reliable and committed people on hand who can step in at the last minute and still give an outstanding level of tailored care.


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