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Best Respite Care Homes in the UK | Temporary Care For the Elderly

Cedar Mews care home garden

If you feel that you need a break from caring then having the opportunity to do so is really important. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding yet often draining experience - both physically and emotionally. It’s understandable if you feel like you need a break from caring, and this is where short-term stays at a respite care home can help.

To make the search for a respite home easier, we’ve highlighted 10 of the best respite care homes in England. We’ve also looked at how to arrange respite care and the benefits of this form of support.

If you’re currently a carer for a family member and are looking for a respite care home then we’ve made this search much easier.


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  1. Cedar Mews - Leicester
  2. Harton Grange - South Shields
  3. Jubilee House - Godalming
  4. Kew House - London
  5. Lucerne House - Exeter
  6. Lyncroft - Wisbech
  7. Mercia Grange - Sutton Coldfield
  8. Shinfield View - Reading
  9. Signature at Westbourne - Bournemouth
  10. Windsor House - Wigan



What is Respite Care?

Respite care refers to different services that are designed to give you a break from caring. Through respite care, someone might come in to look after the person you regularly care, or they may take them to an activity group or day centre. Respite care is similar in some ways to convalescent care which focuses on recovering from illness or injury.

Respite care allows carers to take a break or go on holiday, with or without the person they care for. If you’re going away without the person you care for, they may temporarily stay in a respite home.


Respite care homes

Respite care is most commonly provided through a respite care home. These homes provide short-term relief to caregivers and will look after your loved one while you take a well-earned break.

The staff at a respite care home will sit down to discuss your loved one’s needs, along with their likes and dislikes, so you can be sure that everything is taken care of.

Within a respite care home, temporary care will often last from one to two weeks. During this time, your loved one will be supported in a home-from-home environment, with all their personal care needs looked after.

Finding a space at short notice can be difficult, which is why some homes take advance bookings which can help when trying to plan ahead. For example, if you’re looking to book a holiday then you can match the dates with when you plan on taking it.





How to Arrange Respite Care

The first step to arranging respite care is getting assessed by your local council.

Carers should get a carer’s assessment, while the person you’re looking after should have a care needs assessment.

Local councils will only fund respite care for people that they’ve assessed as needing it. If you want your or your loved one’s local council to pay for respite care then it’s important you both have an assessment.

Even if you don’t want council funding, getting assessed is still useful, as you’ll get advice regarding which type of respite care is most suitable.





What are the Benefits of Respite Care?

Though looking after a loved one is a rewarding experience, the opportunity to take a break from caring can still be a welcome opportunity. Because caring for a loved one often becomes a full-time occupation, unpaid carers can experience exhaustion, which is why allowing carers the break they need is so important.


Here are some of the benefits of short-term respite care, both for the carer and the person receiving care:

  • It reduces stress for the carer, the person being cared for and any other family members or close friends
  • The carer will be allowed the time to rest and recuperate
  • It relieves feelings of frustration and exhaustion, meaning better wellbeing
  • Carers will have more time to interact with their family members and friends
  • There’s a good chance that respite care will improve the relationship between the carer and the person being cared for
  • When in one of the best respite care homes, the person receiving care will be surrounded by people in similar situations. They may even form some lovely and lasting friendships



Cedar Mews in Leicester

Cedar Mews care home is located on the outskirts of Birstall - a quaint village in Leicestershire. With excellent road links via the M1 and A46, friends and family will have no trouble visiting. Some of the best facilities at this respite care home include spacious ensuite bedrooms, a welcoming café, a hair salon, a luxury dining room and landscaped gardens.

Cedar Mews care home

Cedar Mews offers personalised care plans, a delicious dining experience tailored to individual preferences and a busy social calendar that’ll contain something for every resident to enjoy. The respite care at this home enables non-permanent residents to enjoy all the benefits of Cedar Mews for a short time. The home provides much-needed social interaction and gives a great opportunity to try out the home before a permanent move.

Cedar Mews at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,450 a week
CQC Rating Good
Facilities, Services and Activities Some of the best facilities at this home include an activity room, bar, café, cinema, dining area, gardens and beauty salon
Number of Beds 73
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Cedar Mews?

To book or get more information, call 01162 160338.

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Harton Grange in South Shields

Sitting within its own manicured grounds in South Shields, Harton Grange care home is purpose-built and that provides a superb standard of respite, residential and dementia care to its elderly residents. This ‘Outstanding’ rated CQC home is one of the best respite care homes in the North East. Here, residents can enjoy a short-term stay and utilise the modern facilities that Harton Grange has to offer. These facilities include beautifully decorated bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, bright dining areas, manicured gardens and a roof terrace.

Harton Grange care home

Harton Grange is an integral part of the local community within South Shields and offers a wide variety of activities, including group and one-to-one activities. These are linked to care plans drawn up by residents, friends and family. The dedicated activity team will ensure no two days are the same!

Harton Grange at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,290 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This respite home contains an activity room, dining area and gardens, while some of the best activities include arts & crafts, baking and wellbeing classes
Number of Beds 62
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Harton Grange?

To book or get more information, call 01917 439043.

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Jubilee House in Godalming

Based in Godalming and just off the high street, Jubilee House care home is purpose-built and offers expert respite care, including for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. All the rooms at Jubilee House are equipped with a basin and toilet, while the home also features an array of communal spaces and gardens that are perfect for encouraging social interaction.

Jubilee House care home

This is one of the best respite homes in the South East and has an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC, partly because the dedicated and highly-trained care team take the time to get to know their residents. Activities and entertainment are tailored to unique preferences, while bespoke care plans are created for residents who may have more complex health needs. These plans include details on preferred routines, interests, likes, dislikes and any medication.

Jubilee House at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia, nursing and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,384 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This home contains a café, dining room, hair & beauty salon, gardens and a separate terrace area
Number of Beds 48
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Jubilee House?

To book or get more information, call 0333 344 2769.

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Kew House in London

If you’re looking for one of the best respite homes in London then the ‘Outstanding’ rated Kew House care home may be the perfect choice for you or your loved one. Kew House is a gorgeous, purpose-built 81-bedroom care home in Wimbledon that offers a top-notch level of residential, nursing and dementia care.

Kew House care home

The dedicated care team support residents to have an active lifestyle - regardless of whether they’re permanent residents or only staying for a few weeks. Residents are encouraged to form friendships with fellow inhabitants and join in with the varied activities programme. From Tai Chi and gentle elderly exercise classes to flower arranging, painting and music sessions, there’s a huge amount to get stuck in with.

Kew House offers an all-inclusive fee package and is also conveniently located to nearby shops and amenities, helping residents feel more independent.

Kew House at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia, nursing and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £2,190 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Some of our favourite facilities for residents to enjoy at Kew House include a restaurant, cinema, dining room, family room, gardens, library and beauty salon
Number of Beds 81
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Kew House?

To book or get more information, call 0204 538 6147.

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Lucerne House in Exeter

The purpose-built Lucerne House care home is surrounded by gorgeous grounds and can be found in the pretty Devon village of Alphington on the outskirts of Exeter. Spread over three distinct units that cover 24-hour nursing care, dementia care and support for people with physical disabilities, Lucerne House can cater to a wide range of respite care needs.

Lucerne House care home

This care home boasts a plethora of modern facilities, including rooms with ensuite toilets, a selection of comfortable communal lounges, contemporary dining areas, well-kept gardens and even a café bar where residents can socialise with each other, their friends and family.

At Lucerne House, the dedicated activity team makes sure there’s never a dull moment, with hobbies tailored to the interests of every resident, including those on short-term stays. Activities vary from week to week but may include arts & crafts, cookery, reading, gentle exercise, flower arranging and wellbeing classes.

If your loved one has dementia then specialist support is provided in the bespoke Memory Lane Community, where care focuses on independence and choice. Care also focuses on how to promote dignity. Staff at Lucerne House have worked with Dementia Care Matters to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Lucerne House at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia, nursing and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,925 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Lucerne House contains an activity room, bar, café, gardens and more. Meanwhile, residents can also choose from activities like baking, gentle exercise, wellbeing classes and beauty treatments
Number of Beds 75
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Lucerne House?

To book or get more information, call 01392 321521.

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Lyncroft in Wisbech

Recently renovated, the luxury Lyncroft care home in Wisbech offers family-led residential and dementia care, including short-term support for residents looking for respite care. The new rooms in this home have been specially designed to allow the attentive and dedicated care team to provide personalised care that meets the needs of each resident.

Lyncroft care home

Many of the team at Lyncroft have been working at the home for several years, creating a genuine family atmosphere. Respite care residents will quickly feel at home when staying here, making Lyncroft one of the best respite homes in the East of England. For the more independent residents, the enrichment and activities programme provides plenty of variety, social stimulation and enjoyment. Meanwhile, residents with dementia benefit from tailored activities that bring out the best in everyday life.

Lyncroft at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,250 a week
CQC Rating Good
Facilities, Services and Activities This respite home contains an activity room, cinema, restaurant, dining area, gorgeous gardens, gym, meditation area and more
Number of Beds 53
Is the Home Purpose Built? No
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Lyncroft?

To book or get more information, call 01942 559584.

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Mercia Grange in Sutton Coldfield

Located in the town of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, Mercia Grange care home is CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ and scores well across all five of the main parameters a care home is assessed on. The team at Mercia Grange provide residential, nursing and dementia care, along with respite care and compassionate end-of-life care.

Mercia Grange care home

This home is divided into smaller suites on each floor, helping to keep hustle and bustle to a minimum, which is particularly important for residents living with dementia. Meanwhile, each of the 67 en-suite bedrooms is wonderfully decorated and furnished. If your loved one likes the idea of being close to nature while receiving respite care then they may be able to choose a room with direct access to the lovely landscaped grounds.

Mercia Grange at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia, nursing and respite care
Cost of Care Care starts from £1,446 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Some of our favourite facilities at Mercia Grange include the activity room, cinema, gardens, hair salon, library and private dining area
Number of Beds 67
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Mercia Grange?

To book or get more information, call 01216 615334.

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Shinfield View in Reading

The multi-award-winning Shinfield View care home is located just outside Wokingham, near the city of Reading. The superb team at this home are committed to looking after every individual’s needs through residential, dementia, respite and day care. The short-term care offered at Shinfield View comes in the form of an all-inclusive package that has the same level of support as residential care. This is useful if your carer is taking a break, if you’re trying out a care home before deciding, or if you’ve just had surgery or an accident.

Shinfield View care home

The facilities at Shinfield View include a private cinema room, bar, bistro area and dining room, along with a library, hair salon, spa and beautifully landscaped gardens. This amazing respite home even has its own limousine and private chauffeur for days out and special occasions. With an Outstanding CQC rating, this really is one of the best respite care homes in the south of England.

Shinfield View at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,450 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This respite home is packed with amazing facilities, including a café, cinema, family room, gym, hair salon, meditation area and private dining room
Number of Beds 66
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Shinfield View?

To book or get more information, call 01182 300435.

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Signature at Westbourne in Bournemouth

A premium provider of dementia, nursing and residential care, Signature at Westbourne care home also has rooms dedicated to respite stays following a hospital visit or when your carer is on holiday. This care home has 114 beds and on-site nursing facilities.

Signature at Westbourne care home ?? Just a short walk from the centre of Bournemouth, Signature at Westbourne residents can head over to the popular Bournemouth Beach and the iconic Bournemouth Pier. Unsurprisingly, trips to the seaside are a favourite amongst the residents.

Back at the home, a wide range of accommodation is on offer, as well as wheelchair-friendly landscaped gardens specially designed for gentle strolls and relaxing walks. This respite care home is also pet-friendly, so your four-legged companion can temporarily move in.

Signature at Westbourne at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential, dementia, nursing and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £1,247 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities At this Signature care home, you’ll find a restaurant, bar, dining area, family room, idyllic gardens, beauty salon, library and more
Number of Beds 114
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? 81% of rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Signature at Westbourne?

To book or get more information, call 01202 125935.

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Windsor House in Wigan

Situated in the leafy suburbs of Standish and on the outskirts of Wigan, Windsor House care home is simply stunning and offers expert residential, dementia and respite care to residents. From overnight stays to those that last for months at a time, this home is perfectly equipped to welcome you or your loved one during a temporary stay.

Windsor House care home

This stunning care home boasts numerous facilities for residents to make the most of, including stylish bedrooms, restaurant-style dining, landscaped gardens and even an in-house salon for a touch of luxury.

Windsor House has been an established care home for 10 years and has provided its residents with a home-from-home feeling throughout that time. This modern yet warm and welcoming home provides a tranquil environment and amazing care facilities, regardless of the length of your stay.

Windsor House at a glance
Type(s) of Care Offered The main types of care offered here are residential and respite care
Cost of Care Respite residential care starts from £625 a week
CQC Rating Good
Facilities, Services and Activities This home offers activities for residents like arts & crafts, baking, gentle exercise and flower arranging. Facilities include a dining area, family room, gardens and beauty salon
Number of Beds 12
Is the Home Purpose Built? No
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Windsor House?

To book or get more information, call 01257 447315.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to pay for respite in a care home?

Local councils and authorities will only pay for respite care for people they’ve assessed as needing it, following a needs assessment and carer’s assessment. If you or the person you care for qualify for respite care, the council will conduct a financial assessment to work out if they’ll pay towards it. Otherwise, you or the person you care for will have to pay for respite care.

Is respite care more expensive than long-term care?

Because you or the person you care for are paying for the care setting and 24/7 care, a respite stay in a residential care home is often more expensive than home care. Meanwhile, the average cost of respite care in a UK care home is £700 to £800 a week. The average weekly cost of residential care in the UK is £704, while the average weekly cost of nursing care in the UK is £888.

How do you get respite care for the elderly in the UK?

If you or the person you care for qualify for council-funded respite care, you can ask the council to directly arrange this on your behalf. Alternatively, you can arrange respite care yourself through a personal budget or direct payment.

Do social services provide respite care?

You can get recipe care through social services. They can conduct an assessment for you and the person you care for to see if you need a break. Your local authority may also recommend or offer you various local services.

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