Do you need a break from caring for your loved one? Do you want to enjoy some time for yourself, knowing that they are in safe and comfortable hands? If so, respite care might be the perfect option for you.

We offer high-quality, short-term care for older people who need residential, nursing or dementia care. Our friendly and experienced teams will welcome your loved one into our home and provide them with personalised care, tailored to their individual needs.

During their temporary stay, your loved one will have their own furnished room, with access to all the facilities and amenities of our home. They will also be able to join in the many activities and events that we organise, such as tea dances, singing, games and arts and crafts. They will also enjoy delicious meals, prepared by our chefs using fresh and local ingredients.

If you are interested in respite care, please use the service finder below to find the contact details for your nearest MHA care home. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and arrange a visit for you.

3 weeks for the price of 2 on respite care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is respite care? 

Respite care, also known as short-term or short-stay care, is a temporary living arrangement for residents within one of our care homes across England and Wales. It gives both carers, and those being cared for, a bit of time off and a chance to recharge their batteries.

Everyone staying with us for a respite break will receive personalised care, tailored to their individual needs. They’ll have their own furnished room, be welcomed into the home and encouraged to take part in the life of the home and the many activities on offer.

What are the benefits of respite care? 

Respite care can benefit both you and your loved one in many ways. It can:

  • Help you relax and enjoy some quality time for yourself
  • Improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Gives you time to pursue your hobbies, interests or social activities
  • Support you in managing the challenges and demands of caring
  • Give your loved one a change of environment and new opportunities
  • Enhance the quality of life for both of you.
What is the minimum and maximum length of respite care? 

The minimum length of respite care within an MHA care home is two weeks, and the maximum length is usually six weeks. However, we can be flexible depending on your needs and availability. Please contact us to discuss your options.

How much does respite care cost? 

The cost of respite care depends on the level of care and support your loved one requires, as well as the duration of their stay. Typical fees for each care home are available to view on the individual care home's webpage. However, you will be provided with an exact fee based on individual needs following your enquiry, so you know exactly what to expect.

We accept various types of funding, including self-funding, local authority funding, and NHS continuing healthcare funding.

What should I pack for my loved one’s respite stay? 

We recommend that you pack enough clothes and personal items for your loved one’s respite stay, as well as any medication, mobility aids or special equipment they may need. You can also bring some photos, books, music or other items that will make them feel more at home. We will provide bedding, towels, toiletries and other essentials.

Can I visit my loved one during their respite stay? 

Yes, you are welcome to visit your loved one at any time during their respite stay. We have no visiting hours or restrictions, as we believe that family and friends are an important part of our residents’ wellbeing. You can also call or video chat with your loved one whenever you want.

How will I know how my loved one is doing during their respite stay? 

We will keep in touch with you throughout your loved one’s respite stay to update you on how they are doing. You can also contact the home at any time if you have any questions or concerns. We will provide you with a feedback form at the end of the respite stay, where you can share your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our service.

How do I book a respite stay? 

To book a respite stay, you need to contact your nearest MHA care home first to check availability and arrange a visit. Once you are happy with our home and our services, we will ask you to fill out some forms and provide us with some information about your loved one’s health and care needs. We will then confirm your booking and prepare everything for your loved one’s arrival.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

With 80 years of experience delivering high-quality, person-centred care, you can be confident when choosing an MHA care home.

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