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Respite Care in Dorset

respite care in dorset

Being a carer can be tiring, demanding and sometimes you need a break. Respite care gives carers the opportunity to take some time off for as little as one afternoon, or as long as a few weeks.

Some carers feel guilty about taking a break, but feeling rested and having some time to yourself can enable you to feel at your best when you return to caring.

Additionally, the period of respite care can give the person being cared for the opportunity to meet new people and be involved in fun, social activities.

Respite Care Homes in Dorset

Respite care is available from many care homes in Dorset. You can use the directories below to find respite care that is local to you and meets your needs.

When choosing respite care, it is important to check if your chosen care home can accommodate to the specific needs (e.g. mobility or dementia) of the person that you’re caring for. As well as this, the directories listed below have a rating system which you should consult. 

Day Care Centres in Dorset

Day care centres also offer respite care on a shorter term basis – most commonly for one day at a time. This can be helpful for when you feel you need a short break. 

While at a day care centre, the person you’re caring for will have the opportunity to meet new people and engage in social activities. Some day care centres also offer bathing, nail-trimming and hair-cutting services.

You can find more information on daycare centres in Dorset here.

Respite Home Care in Dorset

Respite care can also take place at home, as this may be more practical for some elderly people than visiting a care home or day care centre. Respite homecare means that trained staff will come your relative’s home and provide round-the-clock care for them there, while you are away. 


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.

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For a complete look at home care service options across the county, you can browse Age Space’s Home Care Directory for Dorset. We also have directories available for the following neighbouring counties: