Plan Your Care Cover for an Elderly Loved One

Plan Your Care Cover for an Elderly Loved One

Going away for Christmas? Plan Your Care Cover for an Elderly Loved One Early

Christmas will be upon us before we know it, who knows, you may already be making your festive preparations. You may even be planning to go away somewhere warm to escape the cold. If you care for an elderly relative, now is the time to start planning your holiday cover. Early planning is the most effective way to ensure peace of mind.

Home Care Options for Christmas

There are many care options available over the Christmas period, and the care you need may depend on your situation, requirements and how you currently manage the care you give. You may pop by once a week, a few times a week or every day. You may even live with them full-time. Whatever the situation, there is a care option for you.

Call our dedicated team to discuss your care requirement for the Christmas period. Telephone 01903 691762.

Full-Time Christmas Care

If your relative requires round-the-clock care, you may feel that going on holiday is impossible. But at Comfort Keepers we have a live-in service whereby our trained care workers will take shifts and work around the clock to ensure your elderly relative is always cared for.

Christmas Period Respite Care & Elderly Companionship Care

Alternatively, you may simply want someone to pop in occasionally to check on your relative while you are away. This may be purely to provide companionship, or you may want a care worker to help prepare a meal, clean up the house, do the dishes, help them with bathing, or any other tasks.

There are various options for this. Respite care is care designed to be as often as you want, from a couple of hours a week to a number of longer visits. Alternatively, companion care has a focus on providing companionship for an older person. This could involve going out for a few hours, visiting the park together or sharing a meal.

Holiday Meal Options

Perhaps the only issue that you are concerned about is preparing meals. If you currently help your relative with the cooking, there are many options that can be suitable when you are not around.

For example, you could rely on our care workers to prepare the meals and eat together with your relative. Or you may want to consider a meal service that delivers hot or frozen meals to the door. There are a number of services that can even provide meals on Christmas Day.

Social Activities

Christmas is a time of year when people can feel lonely if they are on their own. Find out about local activities that your elderly relative can enjoy, not just on Christmas Day but during the weeks surrounding it. There may be clubs, special events, group meals and more where your relative can meet new people or meet up with their friends.

They may want to get to these events but cannot manage on their own. In this situation, you could use the services of a care worker to help them.

Other Ways to Help Over Christmas

There are other small ways that you can help your elderly relative to be more comfortable over the Christmas period. These could include helping with their shopping, giving them a hand with their Christmas card writing, and checking that they are comfortable and warm in their home. Even something as simple as calling them for a chat can be greatly appreciated.

If you need to arrange any of our flexible Christmas cover services for the holiday period please get in touch to see how we can help. Please call for a no-obligation chat on 01903 691762 or email us

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks:

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.