Emergency respite care

Emergencies can disrupt our lives unexpectedly, especially when it comes to caring for our loved ones. In such critical moments, having access to prompt and reliable emergency respite care becomes invaluable.

At Prestige Nursing & Care, our emergency respite care service can be put in place quickly, often within 24 hours of your initial call. This ensures your loved ones receive the continuity of care they need to continue living comfortably and independently at home.

What is emergency respite care?

Respite care is the term used for short-term or temporary care and support services that can be provided in a residential setting or a person’s own home. Respite care allows a family carer to take a break from their usual caring duties to enjoy some rest or take care of other commitments.

If you find yourself in need of emergency respite care for a loved one, our friendly care advisors are ready to take your call and provide you with the impartial information and guidance you need.

If time is of the essence, we can often have a carer in place within 24 hours. Once we have ensured your loved one has the immediate support they need, we will create a personalised care plan designed to address all their care needs and preferences.

How can emergency respite care help?

Emergency respite care can be a vital support system during challenging times. In these moments of uncertainty, emergency respite care provides the community of care and immediate relief your family needs.

There are many situations where our emergency respite services can provide support:

  • Family Emergencies: Unforeseen family emergencies, such as the sudden hospitalisation of another family member or the need to attend to urgent family matters, may require temporary support.
  • Carer Burnout or Overwhelm: If you’re experiencing carer burnout or feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities, emergency respite care provides a temporary break, allowing you to recharge and prevent carer fatigue.
  • Sudden Deterioration in the Care Recipient’s Health: If there’s a sudden deterioration in the health of the elderly individual you’re caring for, emergency respite care ensures prompt and appropriate care while you address the situation.
  • Unexpected Events Impacting Carer Availability: Any unexpected events, such as accidents or emergencies, that impact your availability as the primary carer may warrant the assistance of emergency respite care.
  • Companionship and Alleviating Loneliness: Recognising the importance of companionship and addressing feelings of loneliness in the elderly, emergency respite care can provide social interaction and emotional support during times when the primary carer cannot be present.

Is respite home care preferable to a care home?

We know through our experience supporting thousands of families across the country that there truly is no place like home to receive the support you need. Respite care at home offers many advantages over a temporary stay in a care home, including:

Personalised, one-to-one care:

Respite care at home provides highly personalised, one-to-one care and support, a level of individual attention that can be challenging to achieve in other care settings. Familiar surroundings offer comfort, particularly for people living with conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s. Unlike care homes with rigid timetables, receiving respite care at home allows you to maintain choice and independence, shaping your daily routines to align with your preferences.

Peace of mind for families:

Families experience peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are receiving all necessary care and support within the safety and familiarity of their own homes.

Couples can remain together in the comforting environment of their home, avoiding potential separation that may occur in a care home due to accommodation constraints.

Maintaining personal connections and belongings:

Staying at home enables individuals to keep cherished pets, surround themselves with possessions and memories, and stay connected with friends in their local community or pursue beloved hobbies. The comforting presence of home not only provides safety and familiarity but often contributes to a greater quality of life and a sense of well-being.


Respite care at home proves to be very cost-effective when compared with the overall weekly fees associated with receiving care in other residential care settings. Beyond the financial aspect, it ensures highly personalised one-to-one support, a level of bespoke care that may not be as achievable in residential care settings.

What’s included in our respite care service?

Why choose prestige nursing & care help?

A fully managed service

Prestige Nursing & Care is not an introductory agency. Unlike a home care agency, we are a fully managed and regulated care provider. This means our clients and professional partners can be reassured that the care and support we provide are of the very highest quality.

CQC regulated care

Unlike introductory agencies, our service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s independent regulator of health and social care. We are proud that 96% of our inspected services are rated as providing a ‘Good’ service, with 4% rated ‘Outstanding’. All our services in Scotland have been awarded a 3+ rating.

Care in place quickly

We know families often need a trusted carer to look after their loved ones during emergency situations. Our responsive team makes arranging emergency respite care straightforward and easy. We can quickly arrange and deliver the high-quality, compassionate care your family needs, often within 24 hours.

Rigours recruitment & training process

Our commitment to excellence starts with our care team. Our rigorous recruitment process ensures only the most qualified and dedicated individuals join our team. Our carers undergo comprehensive training to ensure they possess the skills, knowledge, and compassion required to provide exceptional care. All of our carers have at least six months of care or health sector experience before being placed with a client or community partner.

Complex & specialist care

Our service is nurse-led and our carers are expertly trained to provide care for complex, terminal and other medical conditions. They are supported by a registered home nurse who provides unrivalled monitoring and supervision of our clinical care. With this leadership and oversight, carers can perform many delegated healthcare tasks and interventions at home.

Arrange emergency respite care

We are here to help you and your family every step of the way. You can call us on 0808 239 1525 and one of our friendly care advisors will provide information, guidance and advice on your care options.

We offer a free home consultation at no obligation to you. One of our Care Advisors will meet with you and your family to discuss how Prestige Nursing & Care can provide the high-quality emergency support your family needs.

We are here to take your call and will provide impartial support and guidance – contact our friendly care experts today to discuss your care needs.

0808 239 1525


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