Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. It means you can take some time out from your caring duties to take care of yourself and focus on other areas of your life. This is really important and prevents you from becoming burnt out.
There are 4 main types of elderly respite care. Please read our full Age Space Elderly Respite Care Guide for more information.
This article will explore available respite care options available in Surrey. When looking for the right respite care, these five factors are useful to consider:
- Notice they require to allocate a space
- Maximum or minimum limit on length of stay
- Ability to accommodate specific care requirements
- CQC Rating and Reviews
Using this criteria and the guide below, you are sure to find a care option that is right for you and your elderly relative.
You may also want to take a look at Carer Support Groups in Surrey.
Respite Care Homes in Surrey
Many residential Care Homes offer short-term stay facilities to provide respite care. Respite care in a Care Home is ideal if your elderly relative is thinking about eventually moving into a Care Home. It gives you both a chance to see what you make of the care and facilities.
There are more than 200 Care Homes in Surrey offering respite care. You can find the right option for your family by searching on Care Home. You can filter by district and postal town. Each Care Home has full information on facilities, reviews and contact details.
Day Care Centres in Surrey
Day care centres offer a chance to socialise, often with meal provision and a schedule of activities. Some centres also offer personal care and transport to collect elderly visitors from their home. Visiting a day centre can become a regular occurrence, whether daily, weekly or monthly.
Please visit our Surrey Day Care Centres Guide.
Respite Home Care in Surrey
Respite Homecare may be the best option if your elderly relative still lives at home (or lives in your home, but you are going away for a while). Trained carers will temporarily visit your relative to provide care and ensure they have everything they need.
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.
Crossroads Care Surrey
Crossroads Care Surrey is a leading, registered charity for Carers in Surrey. It has been providing vital respite breaks to unpaid Carers for over 30 years. The service is free – funded by Surrey County Council and the NHS.
Crossroads Care employ and train Carer Support Workers who will visit your home to look after your loved one – a minimum break of 3.5 hours of care per week. This means you can have some time to yourself.
Carer Support Workers can also work to allow you to take holidays. They can look after your loved one in your home whilst you are away, meaning you can enjoy a stress-free break. If you would like your elderly relative to come away with you, sometimes a Crossroads carer can come too, for support.
Bluebird Homecare provide respite care and support for people with complex needs in the comfort of their own homes. There services range from a sitting service for a couple of hours up to temporary 24/7 live-in care. Care is personalised, so you can make a plan with your elderly relative to ensure support is exactly how you would both like.
Across Surrey there are several Bluebird hubs providing a respite care service. Please find appropriate contact details below to find out more information and book respite care:
You can also look for alternative Home Care options through Age Space’s Home Care Directory for Surrey. We also have specific local directories for:
Emergency Respite Care
Crossroads Emergency Care Plan
The Crossroads Care Emergency Planning Service is designed to put your mind at rest with access to a 24-hour emergency support service.
By registering with the free Emergency Care Planning Service, you can nominate a trusted person to provide emergency support, or, as a last resort, arrange for professional care support workers to step in. You will be issued with a Carers passport with your unique reference number and a helpline number to call if an emergency arises, and you are unable to carry out your caring role.