Although you may not think of caring for a family member as a full time job, it can certainly require a lot of energy and time and is something that will never be completely out of your mind. There are lots of Cambridgeshire respite care option to make use of, allowing you to take some time off for as little as a day or a night, or a lengthier period for a family holiday.
Respite care can be beneficial for the person you care for too. A change in routine and scenery, a different social experience and a chance to feel out what more full time care might look like are all benefits that accompany respite care.
When browsing respite care options in Cambridgeshire it is important to make sure you choose one that suits both you and the person you care for; that it allows you not to worry, and that it can completely accommodate your relatives needs, for instance if they have dementia care needs. For this reason some respite care options ask that a Cambridgeshire County Care Needs Assessment has been completed.
Respite Care Homes in Cambridgeshire
To find Cambridgeshire Respite Care Homes we recommend using a search directory like carehome.co.uk, housingcare.org, or something similar. This is because there are so many different respite care options throughout the county and everyone’s individual requirements will be different.
When searching for respite care, here are 5 questions you should ask yourself:
- 1. Does the location work for me?
- 2. How long is the notice they require before being able to allocate a space?
- Is there a limit on the length of a stay (minimum or maximum)?
- 4. Does my relative need any specific care requirements, e.g. dementia care and can they accommodate them?
- 5. What is their CQC Rating and what are the reviews like?
Cambridgeshire Day Care Centres
If you only require respite during the day, elderly day care centres could be a great option to consider. Cambridgeshire Day Care Centres offer guests a social environment with enriching activities throughout the day, that can include hairdressing, chiropody services, a hot home-cooked lunch and often transport to and from the centre.
Respite Home Care in Cambridgeshire
In some cases it may not be suitable to use the respite care options provided by a care home or day care centre. For example, this could be if your relative doesn’t need a full days care or is more comfortable staying in their own home. In these cases you may wish to take advantage of respite care provided by home care organisations. We have listed a few options for you to consider that operate in Cambridgeshire, but more can be found on search sites like Care Choices.
Not only do Elder supply longer term live-in care but they can also help to provide short-term respite live-in care, matching you to a carer in as little as 48 hours. The best thing? You only pay for the care you need so that a fully vetted carer can move in for a short time and provide the care and routine that you normally do.
Caring Together, Cambridgeshire’s Charity for Carers, offers a home care service for adults including the elderly and those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Their home care services can also include just simple companionship, help with shopping or escorting to doctor’s appointments. Find out more on the Caring Together Website and get in touch with their team.
Cambridgeshire HomeCare provides a respite care option to the North and East Cambridgeshire regions. Trained staff can work around your family’s needs to provide regular respite homecare, even through the night if required.
They usually require at least 48 hours notice, but in exceptional circumstances, and availability-allowing, they are sometimes able to put a service into place on the same day.
Find out more on Cambridgeshire HomeCare or contact them at 03303 800 222.
Helping Hands Homecare
Working out of their Cambridge-based branch, Helping Hands Homecare can offer Visiting or Live-in respite care and is flexible to meet your family’s needs. Their carers can stay for as little as 30 minutes, or overnight to cover the jobs that you would normally do.
Their website explains all about their respite care facilities and maps out their pricing for live-in care and visiting care.
Visit the Helping Hands Website or contact the Cambridge Branch to find out more
Faith Care Line Services
Faith Care Line can provide respite home care services to people in Huntingdon and the surrounding area. Their staff can help with meal preparation, medication, personal care and more and can be provided on a visiting of live-in basis, depending on how long you require the respite care. They also provide a free assessment of care needs to allow them to get a full understanding of your relative’s individual needs.
Find out more on Faith Care Line Website or contact their Huntingdon Office.
For more home care options across the county, you may like to take a look at Age Space’s Home Care Directory for Cambridgeshire. We also have directories available for the following surrounding areas:
Emergency Respite Care for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire
What If? Plan
The What If? Plan from Caring Together, in association with Cambridgeshire County Council is a free 24/7 service funded by the council to look after adults in the case that their carer is involved in an emergency.
By applying, you will receive an Emergency Card and key fob with the number of your nominated emergency contact and the details for emergency back-up support if they are unable to help.
Council Emergency Response
If there is an emergency issue with providing care to your relative, there is no other way to get help to them and they are unable to look after themselves, you can contact the Cambridgeshire County Council on 0345 045 5202 (9am – 6pm weekdays, Monday – Friday) or use their online contact form. Outside of office hours, they also have an alternative emergency phone number for you to contact on 01733 234 724. You should only contact them on any of these details if absolutely necessary.
Residents of Peterborough can also use the Emergency Support for Carers Service. This is only for cases of emergency, when the person who is dependent on a carer for ‘necessary care’ is without it. The service can only be used for a maximum of 48 hours.
If you feel like you would like to be signed up to this service, contact Adult Early Help on 01733 747474 or use their online enquiry form.