Respite Care in Norfolk

Respite Care in Norfolk

Respite care gives the carer an opportunity to take a break from their caring role. This could be for as little as one night to catch up on sleep, or a few weeks for a family holiday. This page will guide you through the respite care options available in Norfolk.

Respite Care in Norfolk

A break can also help to reset the carer and cared-for relationship into a child and parent one again. Being a carer can be a full-time job and time off is critical for everyone on both sides.

Respite care is valuable for the older person in question, too; giving them the chance to meet new people, be more independent and enjoy a change in routine and scenery.

When searching for a care home that provides respite or short-term care options, it is important that you find one that you have complete confidence in. You need to feel that your loved one will be properly taken care of so that you can truly relax.

You should also note that your relative must have had a Care Needs Assessment before the council will fund the respite care. Visit our Care Needs Assessments in Norfolk page for more information.

Respite Care Homes in Norfolk

There are many care homes across Norfolk that offer a respite care option. The following links will take you to two great respite care directories, where you can filter the searches by district or postcode to find the closest options to you. Each home also has an accompanying rating to help you decide which option is best for your relative.

When searching for respite care, here are five 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?

Day Care Centres in Norfolk

If you only require respite during the day, elderly day care centres could be a great option to consider. Norfolk 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.

Norfolk County Council also has a directory of available Day Care Centre options, which can be found through this link.

Respite Homecare in Norfolk

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. AgeSpace has its own Home Care in Norfolk Finder tool that you can use to find the options most suitable for you and your relative.

Alternatively, Norfolk County Council’s directory has an in-build directory of care options available on its website.

You can also take a look at our page on Employing a Care Provider for more information on how to navigate the process and what to look out for.


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.

elder home care listing

You may also like to visit Age Space’s Home Care Directory for Norfolk where you can see all of the options that are available across the county. We also have specific local directories for:

It is worth planning for home care services well in advance, if possible, so that staff shortages at your preferred provider are not a problem.

Emergency Respite Care in Norfolk

You won’t always know when you’re going to need respite care for your relative at a moment’s notice. This can be because of a family emergency, or something else happens in your own life that means you are unexpectedly unable to fulfil your caring role.

Should this happen, it’s best to have already considered the options available in Norfolk for last minute, emergency respite care to guarantee your relative is suitably supported without unnecessary stress.

First Choice Home Care

First Choice Home Care supply a rapid response, emergency home care service, with branches across Norfolk and Suffolk. They are able to urgently provide home care, personal care, home help and palliative care, stepping in to manage a home care crisis for you; identifying your relatives’ immediate needs whilst offering a flexible care and support plan.

Their professional and friendly team are on hand to help you arrange suitable and tailored emergency care within 48 hours.

See their website for more details or get in touch using the contact details below.

Extra Hands

Extra Hands is a Norfolk based, independent care organisation with over 30 years of experience, who are committed to help people stay independent in their own homes for longer. 

They have a tailored, respite care option and encourage people to get in touch with them for emergency respite care, however short notice, to help support you through your emergency situation.

  • Telephone (Heacham): 01485 570611
  • Telephone (Norwich): 01603 898623
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