When your loved one needs your care and support, their well-being becomes your absolute priority. This is completely understandable, but it’s important to remember that no matter how committed you are to caring for your loved one, maintaining your own well-being is just as important.

Although many feel anxious about taking a break, it’s absolutely essential to find a balance between caring for yourself as well as others.


What is respite care?

The purpose of respite care is to transfer your care responsibilities to a carer for a period of time which will enable you to focus on your own health and well-being.

Respite care can be temporary, for example, if you’ve planned a holiday and your loved one needs support whilst you’re away. It can also be integrated into your routine on a more permanent basis, for example, if you’ve got a regular appointment or hobby, respite care will give you regular opportunities to rest and take some time to focus on your own wellbeing.

Respite care is designed to be completely bespoke and flexible to accommodate for changing circumstances and needs. The level of support is completely tailored to you and your loved one, so the transitions are as straightforward and stress-free as possible.


Are there different types?

Whether you’ll need a carer to visit whilst you attend an appointment or commitment or provide full-time care whilst you’re away for a longer period of time, respite care is completely flexible and bespoke.

Visiting (daily) care:

Visiting respite care is available from one hour a week to multiple visits each day. The care you receive will be entirely bespoke. Whether your loved one would benefit from companionship once a week or daily visits to assist with aspects of personal care, visiting respite care will provide vital support for you and your loved ones.

Live-in care:

A carer will live in your loved one’s home for an agreed period of time to provide full-time one-to-one care. Live-in respite care is usually the preferred option if your loved one would benefit from round the clock support. From a matter of days to a number of weeks, having a live-in respite carer means your loved one will receive one-to-one care without the need to leave their familiar surroundings and home comforts whilst you’re away.

Specialist care:

Conditions such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and stroke recovery all typically require more specialist care. Ensuring that your loved one receives specialist care from a knowledgeable and experienced carer is an absolute priority, and respite care will provide a carer who is personally matched to your loved ones’ needs.

Specialist care is available to both visiting (daily home care) and live-in respite care packages, so whatever your circumstances may be, you can feel reassured that your loved one is receiving bespoke and specialist care.


What are the benefits of respite care?

  • Peace of mind for you and your loved ones

  • Opportunity to focus on your own health and wellbeing

  • Build a support network

  • Flexibility for changing needs

  • Positive benefits for your loved one – being well-rested means the time you spend with your loved one is quality time

  • Reassurance knowing that your loved one is receiving bespoke heartfelt care

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding yet isolating experience. But you don’t have to feel alone. With respite care, you’ll build a support network that will be by your side to offer reassurance and support.

Sharing the care of a loved one is beneficial for everyone. Giving yourself time to rest is essential for your own health and wellbeing. However you choose to spend your time, whether catching up on sleep, attending appointments or pursuing hobbies, you’ll return rested and able to spend quality time with your loved one. Being cared for by different carers can be a really positive experience for your loved one, they will be able to build friendships and engage with new people in the comfort of their own home.


How much does respite care cost?

The cost of respite care will depend on the level of support required. The cost of daily home care (visiting respite care) will depend on the frequency and duration of the visits. The cost of live-in respite care will depend on various factors, including if you’re comfortable to manage a self-employed carer, or if you’d prefer for an agency such as us here at Trinity Homecare to regulate the service for you.

Each service offers their own benefits and visiting our services pages will help you understand

Our costs pages are a useful indicator of services available for various budgets per week:

For information about funding care, visit our funding page.