Respite care - the necessary break you need

Respite care means the primary carer taking a break from caring. While this is happening the person you care for is looked after by someone else.

Respite care - The necessary break you need

Caring for an elderly, ill, or disabled family member is not an easy job and at times is extremely demanding. No one is equipped to do it alone and there should be support in place to relieve the carer when needed. Finding respite care services can provide the necessary break you need.

Respite care means the primary carer taking a break from caring. While this is happening the person you care for is looked after by someone else. Allowing you to take the necessary break and time out to look after yourself, recharge the batteries and take a bit of time to do some of the things you love.

There are an estimated 13.6 million unpaid carers in the UK today. Most of these unpaid carers, 9.1 million, were already caring before the coronavirus outbreak. A staggering 4.5 million people have started providing unpaid care since the outbreak. This represents nearly a 50%25 increase in the number of unpaid carers since the crisis began.

Care Workers Research, 2020

With an estimated 26% of the UK adult population is providing unpaid care to an older, disabled or ill relative or friend – that is equivalent to one in four adults. Respite care has never been more in demand!


In need of respite care for an elderly family member or loved on? Discover more about our respite care for the elderly > 


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What is respite care?

Respite care is completely on your terms and it can be for the occasional few hours a week or an could be over an extended period. Seeking respite care can help ease the burden of a family carer and help to relieve stress, restore your energy, and promote balance in your life. It can also prevent you from becoming exhausted, isolated, or even burned out. Respite care can benefit the person you’re caring for, by providing them with variety, stimulation, and a welcome change of routine.

Respite care is usually a short-term package of care from someone who isn’t your loved ones regular carer, but it can also be arranged regularly over a longer-term. Respite care from Bluebird Care would take place in their own home and allow you, as their usual carer, time to rest and take care of yourself so you are better able to take care of them.

At Bluebird Care we understand that for you to provide the very best care to your loved one, you also need to take good care of yourself. Time to rest and recharge is essential, as is having someone you can trust look after your loved one.  Our reliable, compassionate care assistants are fully trained, giving you the peace of mind you need to take that much needed break.


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How can respite care help me?

By having one of our kind, compassionate and experienced care assistants take over your care duties and support your loved one you will give you that much needed time to take care of yourself. You can tend to your personal errands, have some time out of the house and recharge your batteries both mentally and physically. This added support can help you to take care of yourself, meaning you can take better care of your loved one.

Short breaks can be of great benefit to not just yourself, but also the person you care for. They offer the opportunity to do something a bit different and the chance to meet new people.

When planning in respite care regularly over a longer period of time it allows for the opportinity to have more frequent breaks and know when these breaks will be occuring. 


Benefits of respite care

Key benefits of respite care include:

  • Reduced levels of stress for both you and your loved one, help to maintain a healthy relationship.
  • Relieved frustrations and possible feelings of resentment.
  • More time for you to interact with family and friends or the wider community.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to work, study, have a day-off or even go on holiday.
  • Your loved one could benefit from interacting with other carers, new stimuli and a possible change to their usual routine.

Respite care at home

If you care for someone and need more time for yourself, you can arrange for a paid carer to help at their home.All of our respite care options are available at home in a place of comfort. One of our kind, compassionate and expierence care assistants will be there on hand to assist with any tasks that need doing.

We're here for you

If you or a loved one is in need of respite care we are here to give the peace of mind needed to take the step back in confidence. 

Please contact us to speak to someone in our team about respite care in Darlington.

How to find the right care for you or your relative

1. Find your local office

Bluebird Care delivers care from locally based offices, find yours to start your care journey today.

2. Get in touch with us

Fill in our call back form or give us a call to find out how we can help you.

3. Assessment

We’ll come out to you to find out what you or your loved one needs to help stay independent at home.

4. Care team chosen & care starts

You'll be cared for by our specially trained team to support you to remain at home for as long as possible.

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