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Respite Care Homes

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Are you looking for short-term care?

Do you care for someone who needs support while you go on holiday or have a bit of time to focus on your needs? Perhaps you need some short-term care or some support while you recover from a hospital stay or operation? We can help.

Respite care FAQs

  • What is respite care?

    Respite care is short-term assistance for individuals who need some extra support at a particular point, for example after an illness or operation. It can help people recover their health and strength before returning home or provide a much-needed break.

    Our care homes offer respite for those needing temporary nursing or specialist dementia care. Our friendly and understanding care staff team can also provide help with personal care. At all of our homes, there is a full range of activities on offer for everyone to enjoy or quieter spaces for more tranquil moments. These popular, daily events focus on wellbeing, aiding social connections and improving physical and mental wellbeing amongst our residents, whether temporary or permanent.

  • Are you a carer looking for respite care for someone else?

    Respite can also provide a break for carers. Everyone knows that that caregiving is a demanding job whether that be for a partner, family member or friend. Respite care can allow you to have some quality time off or even a holiday, with the reassurance that your loved one is well looked after by qualified and experienced staff in a homely environment.

    Food is an essential part of everyday life, and our chefs spend time with residents, finding out their likes and dislikes. Our fundamental values of kindness, care, choice and community shape the care given across all Brendoncare homes.

  • How long is a respite stay?

    A typical respite stay in a Brendoncare home last a couple of weeks. This preferred length of time often gives the individual plenty of time to recuperate, whilst enjoying the home-from-home feeling we offer.

    Depending on the personal circumstances, we may also be able to extend the respite stay into a permanent move.

    Make sure you choose the right level of care for your loved one. Our homes offer a range of different settings, from residential care to specialist nursing care.

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  • What is the importance and benefits of respite care?

    Whether you are a family member looking after a loved one or a qualified carer, taking a break now and then can make a positive difference to your wellbeing, too. You could be going on holiday, having an operation or even wanting to take a few days to yourself to recharge.

    You can’t take care of others until you’ve taken care of yourself. Using a respite care home can allow you to focus on being yourself without worrying. At Brendoncare, we pride ourselves on caring for those you care for to a high standard.

    People staying for respite receive the same warm welcome and are invited to be part of home life as much (or as little) as they like. Each of our homes has an activities team that run daily events ranging from exercise and music to crafts and quizzes and everything in between.

    Whether it's to help after a hospital stay, an operation or allow for the appropriate level of care following developments in a person's condition, respite care works to offer the right level of care at that moment.

    Respite care can be beneficial for the residents' carer too. It allows them time to rest and re-charge their batteries, knowing their loved one is receiving the same high standard of care.

  • Will I need to be assessed before I arrive?

    Following your enquiry, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs and arrange for an initial assessment. All our care plans are personalised. This means we work from the first moment to discover the right level of care for you or your loved one. It's essential to disclose any information that could later affect our level of service.

    If circumstances change before the respite stay, please let us know.

  • Do you arrange an initial meeting so my family member can meet their carers?

    Yes. We encourage you to arrange a personal tour of your chosen homes. This can be booked directly. Find a list of our care homes here.

    We understand that any change in care arrangements will naturally involve a period of adjustment and that the experience can feel different for everyone. Residents often settle into life at Brendoncare during a respite stay quite well while others need a little more help. We do all we can to deliver a smooth transition by asking you to provide us with as much information as you can during the early assessment.


  • Do you manage all the care?

    Our homes offer professional care services around the clock, 24/7. We also work with other care providers such as GPs and other medical practitioners depending on a person's needs.

  • How am I supported in respite care?

    As a respite care provider, our approach is simple; our qualified and experienced staff will develop personalised care and support plans, devised around your needs and preferences. You will receive a warm welcome to our home, however long you are staying with us. Plus, there are options to extend your visit, if you feel you would like to stay with us longer, so you can take as long as you need to recuperate.

    Respite care is provided by the same trained care staff team who work in our homes, from care assistants to senior carers. By doing this, we can offer our usual high levels of care with all the kindness, dignity and respect that Brendoncare is widely regarded for. They work hard to deliver a high standard of care to our permanent residents. Our nurses and carers take time to understand and provide the care plan of respite residents too. In this way, they make sure the best possible care is offered and adapt to a change in personal well-being at the right time.

  • Who pays for respite care?

    Respite care is generally self-funded using income from pensions, investments, savings and benefits, although as a charitable foundation, we hope to offer some financial assistance for respite in the future.

    Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more or want to understand the long term funding options around paying for care and our Care for Life charitable top-up.

  • Can you give me a transparent overview of costs?

    Short term respite stays, on average, last for approximately two weeks. The cost for this will vary by home and the level of care needed. Our weekly fees are all-inclusive and are available on each home's web pages. Respite stays cost £70 per week, in addition to the homes' weekly rate.

    Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team today on 0300 303 4866 or email

  • How does respite care affect carer's allowance?

    If the person receiving respite care still receives disability allowance, you can still receive Carer's Allowance. See for more details.

  • Who qualifies for respite care?

    Any older person who requires short-term, personalised care could be eligible for respite care. We follow up an initial enquiry with a confidential assessment entered around a person's care needs and affordability.

  • What should I do if I'm not eligible?

    If a person's needs go beyond our current services, a short-term stay may not be suitable. We will do our best to accommodate respite stays wherever possible. You may also like to consider the option of permanent care for your loved one.

  • How do I book a respite stay?

    To talk to us about arranging a respite stay, call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0300 303 4866 or email

  • What type of respite care is best for my needs?

    Respite care, much like care in all our homes, is centred around a person's needs, likes and dislikes. We consider all health and lifestyle factors and an individual's wishes and information provided by their caregiver and tailor a care plan to suit. Health and well-being is another consideration. Recognising the need for time and space to rest after an operation and encouraging exploring familiar interests to help them get the most out of their stay.

    It will depend very much on the reasons behind the respite stay. Typically, a respite stay will help aid recovery after hospital admissions or operations. Other times, the situation at home may have changed. Perhaps a carer themselves requires a well-earned rest or has a holiday planned.

    A respite stay can also be used for a short time to experience life in a Brendoncare home ahead of a permanent move.

    Either way, our individual care plans will be tailored around the resident to ensure every need is catered for. At Brendoncare, we believe everyone should feel a strong sense of home and be treated with kindness, dignity and respect, regardless of their reasons for choosing us

    At Brendoncare, we do our best to accommodate emergency care requests. Please get in touch as soon as you know what's needed. You can reach us on 0300 303 4866 or email Respite care can be provided in as little as 24 hours, subject to eligibility and availability.

  • What should I do if the person I care for refuses respite care?

    A brief change in surroundings and lifestyle can make a person feel unsure or even anxious about a respite stay. Our care staff team make the moving in process as easy as possible. They encourage a loved one to make our home their home, offering as much help and support as they would like.

    Our chefs prepare meals daily and can cater for a wide variety of diets and personal tastes. Some of our homes offer hairdressing and beauty treatments. Others run Men's clubs, day trips, garden/tea parties and even private concerts. For people living with dementia, specialised care is always available.

    Visiting is an important part of life in our homes and we invite you to spend as much time with your loved one as you like. In order to keep this option open to everyone, we kindly ask that you follow our Covid safety measures.

    View our Safe Visiting FAQ -

    For those who are unable to visit in person, we are happy to facilitate plenty of other connections. These include telephone and video calls, as well as writing letters. Since 2020, this proved to be an invaluable and popular method of communication.

    Visits are bookable in advance via the homes' reception.

  • What do I need to bring for my stay?

    We encourage respite residents to bring with them small, personal items, such as books, photos or a music player, which can be discussed ahead of moving in. At the end of a stay, belongings are safely packed away for collection. If a respite stay becomes permanent, we welcome more personal items into the room.

  • Does respite care include insurance?

    Yes. In the unlikely event anything should happen to your belongings, we provide insurance cover for respite residents for a single item up to the value of £250, or a collection of items up to the value of £1,000. For more details, please see our key information documents on the home's web pages.

  • Are you regulated by the Care Quality Commission?

    Yes. Brendoncare receives regular inspections from the CQC. Visit your preferred home for a link to the latest report. We're proud to say that all our homes are rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission. You can read the latest reports on the relevant homes’ pages.

  • Respite care availability

    Respite breaks at Brendoncare are subject to availability. If your preferred care home isn’t accepting bookings, we will do everything we can to offer a clean, safe room in another of our care homes for a short period.

    Get in touch today and find out how we can help.

    Find a Respite Care Home


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    Set in a beautiful countryside location that caters to 44 residents with included specialist dementia care.


    Providing nursing and dementia care for up to 64 residents in a family-like environment that promotes friendship and a sense of community.


    A nursing home for physically frail older people and an intermediate care household run in partnership with Wandsworth Clinical Care Commissioning Group.


    Knightwood Court has 20 spacious en-suite rooms providing people with a warm and safe environment.

    East Grinstead

    Providing nursing care for 32 residents in a home-like atmosphere where individual needs can be met. Accommodation laid out in two households.


    Combining warmth and community spirit with caring expertise, the home enables residents to be cared for, secure in the knowledge that their individuality will be respected