Respite and day care

Our teams can provide short-term care to suit your loved ones needs


Many of our homes offer respite care for older people who need extra support following an operation or illness, or while their regular carer takes a well-earned break

Experts in respite care

We’re here to support you with short-term stays in our care homes as and when you need them, and our advance respite stays are perfect for helping you and your loved ones to plan ahead.


Being a full-time carer is a very demanding role. Respite care breaks are an opportunity for carers to take a holiday or simply spend some time looking after their own needs, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the very best care. And respite care can be a valuable break for older people too – it’s a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and try out some new activities and experiences.


"The staff were very caring. Lots of activities. It lives up to the expectations of home from home. Made many friends with the residents and I would certainly go there again.”

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We tailor our respite stays to each person’s individual needs and our nursing and care teams have specialist expertise in supporting older people who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, physical disabilities or restricted mobility, and conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

What to expect from respite care

We understand that it’s the personal details that make a difference. We take the time to get to know your loved one so we can be sure that their stay gets off to a great start. Each respite client has a personal care plan that takes into account their support needs, interests, likes and dislikes, and daily routines.

 Every respite resident has their own bedroom, which they’re free to personalise with photographs and ornaments from home, to help create a familiar environment. Friends and family are welcome to visit at any time and can join their loved one for mealtimes or arrange special outings with them.


"I was only a resident for three months but to anyone needing to be looked after… The staff are very friendly and professional. The entertainment team work very hard to keep you happy and entertained. The medical staff really do their best to look after anyone who needs care.”

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Arranging respite care

Use the 'find a care home' search tool, to find a residential home that offers respite care in your area. Our care home managers will be able to give you more information about arranging a respite break, including the fees for the stay and the funding options available to you.

Day clubs

Care UK runs a range of day care centres around the UK where older people, including those who are living with dementia, can make friends and keep busy while their family carers have a break.



These clubs are run by dedicated and experienced care teams, giving you the peace of mind that your loved one is in safe hands while they’re with us.

Members of these day care centres are welcome to come along for a couple of hours, up to a full day or several days a week. We’re here to make life as easy as we can for you, so although we have set opening hours, we can often provide care outside these times too.