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 longer 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.
- Finding a Respite Care Home in Cambridgeshire
- Cambridgeshire Day Care Centres
- Respite Home Care in Cambridgeshire
- Emergency Respite Care
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:
- Does the location work for me?
- How long is the notice they require before being able to allocate a space
- Is there a limit on the length of stay? (minimum or maximum)
- Does my relative need any specific care requirements, e.g. dementia care, and can they accommodate them?
- 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, enriching activities throughout the day, hairdressing/chiropody services (venue dependent), 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 respite care provided by a care home or day care centre, for example if your relative doesn’t need a full days care or is more comfortable staying in their 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.
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.
Telephone: 0345 241 0954
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 require at least 48 hours notice usually 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 families needs. Their carers can stay for as little as 30 minutes or even overnight to cover the jobs that you would normally do.
Their website explains all about their respite care facilities and maps out their pricing, starting at £250/day for live-in care and £19.30/hour for visiting care.
Visit the Helping Hands Website or contact the Cambridge Branch to find out more
Telephone: 03300 376 958
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.
Telephone: 01480 400 616
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 contact the Cambridgeshire County Council on 0345 045 5202 (8am – 6pm weekdays, 9am – 1pm Saturday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You should not contact them unless it is absolutely necessary.
Residents of Peterborough can also use the Emergency Support for Carers Service, that acts only in cases of emergency when the someone 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 747 474 or email email@example.com.