Respite care means your loved one is taken care of by someone else for a while, so that you can have a break. It means you can relax, look after yourself and focus on other areas of your life. This is incredibly important; you can only look after someone else if you are looking after yourself.
There are four main types of elderly respite care. For a full guide please read our Age Space Elderly Respite Care Guide.
This article will look at the respite care options available to consider in Berkshire. When choosing the right respite care, we recommend bearing in mind the following factors: location, notice required for a space, maximum or minimum limit on length of stay, ability to accommodate specific care requirements and CQC ratings.
- Respite Care Homes in Berkshire
- Day Care Centres in Berkshire
- Respite Homecare in Berkshire
- Emergency Respite Care in Berkshire
Respite Care Homes in Berkshire
Residential care homes often offer short-term stay facilities to provide respite care. This type of respite care is ideal if you are going on holiday. Care home respite care is also advantageous if you are considering moving your elderly relative into a care home in the future. It gives you both a chance to see what you make of the care home, staff and facilities.
There are almost 100 care homes in Berkshire offering respite care. By searching on the comprehensive directory Care Home you can filter options by area or town. For each care home there is information on facilities, reviews and contact details.
Day Care Centres in Berkshire
Day care centres provide the opportunity to meet others, often alongside a hot lunch and activities. Some centres also provide personal care, specialist dementia care and transport to collect elderly visitors from home. Furthermore, most elderly people really enjoy visiting day care centres and it can become part of both of your routines.
Please visit out dedicated guide to Day Care Centres in Berkshire.
Respite Homecare in Berkshire
Respite homecare means care staff will temporarily come into your elderly relative’s home to provide care whilst you are unable to. It can be arranged to meet your needs and preferences. Carers can visit just once a day or stay the night, whatever is most suitable. This option is ideal if your elderly relative does not want to change setting, and feels most comfortable in their own home. There are several agencies that are able to provide respite homecare across Berkshire.
Bluebird care provide high quality homecare across the UK. In Berkshire they have three hubs: Reading & Wokingham; West Berkshire including Hungerford, Newbury & Theale; Windsor Maidenhead & Bracknell.
These hubs are able to provide respite homecare and support, including those with complex needs. Available services range from a companionship sitting service for a few hours to temporary 24/7 live-in care. A personalised care plan is arranged in advance so that you and your elderly relative can have peace of mind.
Reading & Wokingham
Telephone: 0118 986 3552
West Berkshire including Hungerford, Newbury & Theale
Telephone: 01635 36953
Windsor Maidenhead & Bracknell
Telephone: 01628 566 244
Helpd offer tailored and professional respite care for your loved one. A free consultation can be arranged by calling the number below to talk through your requirements.
Helpd have a hub based in Reading and can provide home respite care across the whole county of Berkshire. They work in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance meaning specialist dementia care can also be provided.
SureCare provides respite homecare services to those living in Reading and the surrounding areas. Half day, full day, short break, residential and holiday packages are all available. This means SureCare can help if you want to go on holiday or if you want to take your elderly relative on holiday too but with some extra support.
The care that SureCare provides aims to enable families to take a relaxed break; testimonials cite the service as positive and enjoyable for all.
Telephone: 0118 959 5288
Emergency Respite Care in Berkshire
You may be worried about what would happen in the event of an emergency meaning your elderly relative’s normal care plan is disrupted. Therefore, it may be useful to form an emergency respite care plan for peace of mind. By making an emergency plan, you can be sure your elderly relative will receive care at short notice if something goes wrong.
Helpd and SureCare are both able to make an emergency respite care plan; their contact details can be found above. Council social care services can also assist in putting an emergency respite care plan in place. This is dependent upon results after a care needs assessment in Berkshire.