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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 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 to offer one-to-one care from trained, qualified professionals.

Contact 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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I was worried about leaving my husband with a stranger. Once we met our carer those worries were soon gone. The carer was brilliant and very knowledgeable, which put me at ease in going away.

Christina, a Helping Hands customer

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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 take its toll.

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

Respite care can either be provided through:

  • Live-in care – where 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

Your chosen carer is there to do all the things you normally do. 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
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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

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How long can a break last?

A break from caring for someone can last anything from a few days to several weeks or more. Everyone’s situation is different: you might be delivering 10 hours of care a week, or round-the-clock care for more than 50 hours every week.

So, naturally, the length of a period of respite away from caring can vary significantly from carer to carer. The length of the break might be decided by you, or circumstances like a sudden illness could mean it’s less certain.

Whatever your circumstances, we can help by providing respite care for as long as you need, on a basis that suits you and your loved ones.

Use respite care to try 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.

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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.

Christina, a Helping Hands customer

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