Offering care services across England, we enable our clients to live safely and independently at home. We care for the elderly and support young adults and children. Our specialisation is in nursing and complex care services.
For over 75 years Prestige Nursing & Care has been trusted by its clients, and their families to provide competent and compassionate respite care at home services. Our care is focused on improving health and overall well-being, and all in the place people love most, their own home.
WHAT IS RESPITE CARE?
Respite care is the term used for short-term or temporary care and support services, that can either be provided in a residential setting or in a person’s own home, that means a family carer can take a break from their caring duties. According to Carers UK there are over 6.5 million family carers caring for a loved one throughout the UK. For many it is their choice to provide care for a loved one prior to considering having care at home, however looking after a family member who has care and support needs can be emotionally and physically demanding, so naturally everyone will need a break at some point.
Respite home care can allow a family carer to:
Take a much-needed holiday
Have relaxation time to ensure they are rested to care again
Honour work commitments
Maintain hobbies or social activities
Stay with friends and family
Attend an emergency or urgent situation
Respite care is a flexible care service that enables a family to understand how a home care service would work in practice to see if a permanent arrangement would be the right care choice.
Respite care can be used to support you if you are living with a condition that impacts your ability to live independently and need condition care, for example respite care for the elderly with conditions such as dementia or Parkinson’s.
YOUR HOME IS BEST FOR A FULFILLED LIFE
We know through our experience of supporting thousands of people and their families, that faced with the prospect of needing long-term care and support that most people would prefer to stay in the safety, comfort and familiarity of their treasured home and not endure the disruption caused from a move away.
For many a move from home can cause much upset, worry and for some confusion. Having routines imposed on how you live, leaving your loved one, feeling isolated from family and friends or your local community are all common concerns experienced by those facing a move into a care home, specialist care setting, a hospice or facing a prolonged stay in hospital.
Staying at home with respite care means that you can continue to live life your way, whilst benefitting from one-to-one care provided by a competent and compassionate carer whose focus it is to improve the quality of your life and enhance well-being.
COMPETENT AND COMPASSIONATE RESPITE CARERS
When you choose Prestige Nursing & Care you can be reassured that the carer that cares for you or your loved one is expertly trained to provide the support you need, to the high standards you should expect. All carers that join us complete our induction training programme, which goes above mandatory requirements.
We adopt a bespoke approach to training that ensures our carers have the knowledge, skills and aptitude to deliver high-quality home care that meets the needs of our clients. If a client is living with a complex condition, like dementia or Parkinson’s or has problems with mobility that means they are at risk of falling frequently, we will make sure they are trained and supported to effectively provide the care you need.
CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AT PRESTIGE NURSING & CARE
Clinical excellence is at the heart of our culture and approach to service delivery at Prestige Nursing & Care. Our nurse-led home care service is monitored and supported by our experienced regional nursing teams. Our team of qualified regional nurses are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Each holds a registered nursing qualification in at least one nursing specialism, including general adult nursing, learning and disability nursing, mental health nursing and children’s nursing. They enable the planning and delivery of safe and effective complex care to our clients, that is focused on ensuring the best possible care experience for our clients and their families.
Our nurses work in partnership with our care co-ordinators, carers, clients and families to identify specific care needs and plan the most appropriate care provision, whilst ensuring all our carers have the skills they need to deliver high standards of nurse-led care. They also provide families with on-going advice and continual support to ensure they feel reassured about the service we provide.
Complex Care Case Studies
PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED RESPITE FOR HARRY’S PARENTS
Harry is living with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour …
PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED RESPITE FOR HARRY'S PARENTS
Harry is living with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour andhas significant emotional needs.
He requires intense care and support to help improve his social skills, promoting his independence and overall quality of life. Prestige Nursing & Care has been providing respite care for Harry sine 2018 to provide his parents with much-needed respite to enable them to continue in their employment and build their careers.
A dedicated and knowledgeable team were identified to best meet Harry’s needs and provide the support required. This included collecting him from school and preparing his dinner, but more importantly engaging him in socially and emotionally beneficial activities, such as going to the park or to the shops, all of which would help him build his social skills and sense of self. It was important for Harry to be supported to have safe interactions with others, whilst promoting his independence to grow and develop as a child.
Harry’s development has been transformational. He has significantly built his confidence and social skills with the help of his care team. He is now able to interact with people he does not know in a positive way. The new confidence has seen his behaviour improve, which has been more manageable for his care team and parents. His parents have been afforded the time they need to carry on with daily life, reassured that Harry is content, and his care needs and development goals are being met.
WHAT CAN A RESPITE CARER FROM PRESTIGE NURSING & CARE HELP WITH?
We provide specialist care of conditions that affect a person’s ability to live well. Whatever specialist condition you are living with, our carers are supported by our expert nursing and clinical teams to ensure you live a life with improved quality and health outcomes, whilst maintaining choice and independence.
EXPERT NURSE-LED CARE
Our service is nurse-led and carers are trained in the clinical skills required to provide care and support for complex, terminal and other medical conditions that impact how you live your life. They are supported by an experienced, dedicated registered nurse who undertakes regular competency assessments to ensure high standards of care delivery and provides clinical monitoring, supervision and support. With this leadership and oversight carers can perform many delegated healthcare tasks and clinical interventions at home.
Companionship is at the forefront of everything we do. Our carers will support your social, emotional and psychological needs as well as your care needs so you can live a fulfilled life, for all of life. At Prestige Nursing & Care we will match you with the most suitable carers so that interests and backgrounds are aligned as we know this makes for an enriched and enjoyable life. Our carers will support you to maintain friendships and social interests, whilst ensuring you continue to be connected to things you care about in your local community.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL CARE
Our carers are trained to provide personal care in a way that is compassionate, respectful and sensitive. They will support you with the tasks of bathing, personal hygiene, dressing and continence care, whilst ensuring you are always looking and feeling your best as we know how this builds self-esteem.
SAFE MOBILITY AT HOME
Our carers are trained to support safe mobility in and around the home – everything from transferring and positioning to minimising falls through effective assessment of risk, to facilitating and supporting safe movement. They will effectively assess risks and work with clients who wish to take ‘positive risks’ so that they can have as much independence as possible and live life as you wish.
EFFICIENT MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
For the majority of our clients ensuring medications are managed effectively is critical to their health and well-being. Our carers can manage complex medication regimes, providing sensitive reminders and collecting medication from the pharmacy.
MEAL PREPARATION AND COOKING
Our carers will help by planning your meals, preparing and cooking your food for you, or with you whilst supporting you to eat if needed. They will focus on ensuring the food you eat meets your health and nutritional needs, whilst maintaining your preferences and choices.
HOUSEHOLD TASKS IN AND OUT OF THE HOME
Our carers will make sure your house is clean, laundry is done as required and will undertake any shopping or errands outside the home. They will also happily provide care to your beloved pet.
HOME FROM HOSPITAL
We work closely with community nursing teams and hospital discharge planners to support a swift and effective discharge from hospital ensuring the right care and support is in place. Our high-quality, home care service delivered by trained and experienced carers and overseen by clinical experts is focused on achieving outcomes that significantly reduce hospital admissions.
For clients who need to relearn skills our carers assist goal-focussed care at home that involves intensive time-limited assessment and therapy intended to reduce the need for a long-term care arrangement or readmission to hospital.
We provide support to people who need to learn new skills to improve the overall quality of their life with as much independence as possible. Our carers are focused on enabling a person to do as much for themselves as possible with the right support, as opposed to just doing it for them. We know this means people can live a more fulfilled and purposeful life.
We assist outcome-based rehabilitation at home following a life-altering incident supports an individual with mobility, physical development and mental health well-being. We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to the service we provide working in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to ensure a high-quality, holistic and responsive approach to the brain injury care we provide.
PALLIATIVE / END-OF-LIFE CARE
Our compassionate and competent carers are there to support those who need palliative or end-of-life care. They are trained to ensure an individual’s medical, physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being is enhanced, whilst ensuring a person’s wishes, choices and preferences are met until the very end-of-life.
BENEFITS OF RESPITE CARE AT HOME VS. A RESPITE STAY IN A CARE HOME
We know through our experience that faced with the prospect of needing long-term care and support, that most people would prefer to stay in their treasured home, and not endure the disruption caused from a move into a residential care or nursing home. There are many benefits to receiving respite care at home as opposed to temporarily moving into a care home.
One-to-one care and support – whilst there are many good care homes, one-to-one care simply cannot be provided in any care home
Familiar surroundings provide comfort for those who are living with conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s or are recovering from a stroke or receiving nursing care at home
No rigid timetables directing your daily routines and how you live your life – at home you can live with choice and independence
Keep your treasured home in your family – if you move into a care home it is likely that you will have to sell the family home to fund your care home fees
Peace of mind for families – those close to you have the reassurance that you are getting all the care and support you need in the safety of your own home
Couples can stay together as a loving couple – if you move into a care home you will be separated from living with your spouse or partner. Even if you both need care and go into a care home together, it is highly unlikely you will be able to share the same room. If you have different care needs, you may not be able to be cared for in the same part of the home
Maintain what is important to you in life – staying at home enables you to continue to live with your cherished pet, having all your possessions and memories around you and keeping up with friends in your local community or hobbies you enjoy – all of which is very difficult to achieve in a care home
The cost of respite care at home is very cost effective when compared with the overall weekly fee of receiving care in a residential or nursing home
HOURLY HOME CARE
Hourly care or visiting care, as it is sometimes referred is for those who need care and support with tasks of daily living or clinical care at certain times during the day. Care at home can be provided from a 30 minute visit, to as many hours / visits throughout the day you require, one day or several days of the week depending on your care and support needs. For those who have complex needs, hourly care can be provided over a 24-hour period.
OUTSTANDING LIVE-IN CARE
If you have been receiving respite home care and your care needs are increasing due to deteriorating health or higher levels of frailty, you may wish to consider live-in care. Through our family of leading home care brands in the UK, we are able to offer award-winning live-in care rated ‘Outstanding’ by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) from The Good Care Group.
For many families live-in care is a natural progression when you need 24-hour care and support on a permanent basis to ensure you can live safely at home around the clock, without having to endure a move into a residential care or nursing home.
Home Care Case Studies
HIGH-QUALITY RESPITE CARE AT HOME FOR BILL AND AGNES
Bill has been caring for his wife, Agnes, in their own home. Agnes is 80 …
HIGH-QUALITY RESPITE CARE AT HOME FOR BILL AND AGNES
Bill has been caring for his wife, Agnes, in their own home. Agnes is 80 years old and bed bound following a stroke five years ago.
Once discharged from hospital Prestige Nursing & Care was approached by the couple’s local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to see how they could support Bill to look after Agnes. The care package put in place by Prestige meant that Agnes’ nursing care needs were being met by our highly trained carers, with oversight by our clinical experts affording Bill a respite break from caring for Agnes full time.
In supporting Bill and Agnes, our carer, Joanne spends every Tuesday at the couple’s home. Bill is given back his independence, allowing him to focus on his garden and make the most of his own time.
Bill comments about the care provided by Prestige: “My wife gets on so well with the carer. They are literally the best of friends. Joanne is absolutely fantastic, but the biggest effect the arrangement has had, is on me. She gives me peace of mind that whilst I am not with Agnes, she is receiving the best care. I leave Joanne in charge of Agnes and they are always laughing. This means so much to me.“
In addition to weekly respite care, Prestige also provide care during the night for Agnes. This means that Bill is able to sleep soundly knowing that Agnes is safe, and her needs are being met throughout the night.
Over the past five years Agnes has required Prestige to help with drinking and eating, continence and personal care. Her paralysis also means she needs physical and emotional support. Prestige matched Joanne to provide care to Agnes as she has a wealth of experience caring for people following a stroke.
Bill explains: “I have complete faith in Prestige. The local team are very supportive and will bend over backwards to help us. Every Tuesday I put my trust in Prestige - hearing Agnes and Joanne laughing downstairs allows me to enjoy time alone with complete peace of mind.”
CARE MANAGEMENT LOCAL TO YOU
Our responsive and reliable hourly care service local to you means we can put care and support in place quickly, and in many cases within 24-hours. Depending on your needs, a comprehensive assessment will be conducted by either a registered nurse or our local care expert. We can conduct the assessment at your home, in hospital or in any specialist care setting if you are awaiting discharge back home, enabling a plan of care to be developed that meets all your needs.
Our approach to care planning ensures we capture all your preferences and wishes so you can live a contented life in the comfort of your own home. We take time to find the carer that would best meet your care and support needs, making sure they are closely aligned with how you wish to live your life. Once care is in place, our local teams made up of care and clinical experts provide you, your family and our carer with an abundance of on-going support. This gives you peace of mind that you or your loved one is receiving the very best home care.
FINDING THE RIGHT RESPITE CARE PROVIDER
When you are arranging respite care at home and have decided that in-home respite care is what you need, it is prudent to research which provider will best meet your needs, so you can make an informed choice. It is worth noting that there are differences between a respite home care provider, who is registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC),and an introduction agency who are not. This means that the quality of the carer they provide you will not be monitored for quality assurance.
Quality assurance through regulated service provision
Prestige Nursing & Care is not an agency. Unlike a home care agency, we provide a fully regulated home care service, which means our clients, their families and our professional partners can be assured that the care and support we provide is of the very highest quality. Our service is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Scottish Care Inspectorate (SCI) in Scotland. We are proud that 96% of our inspected services have been rated as providing a ‘Good’ service, with 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ and our services in Scotland have been awarded a five-star rating. Our accredited service for complex care, which meets local and national quality standards and ensures a consistent approach to the care we provide, provides peace of mind and reassurance that our service if of the highest quality.
Responsive local teams with nationwide coverage
We are providing respite care and support in over 30 locations in the heart of communities across England and Scotland. The fully managed service we provide is highly responsive and our experts local to you can put care packages in place quickly. We work in collaboration with local healthcare professionals, multidisciplinary teams, therapeutic care providers and other community support services to ensure our clients get the best out of life, for all of life.
There are also many professional bodies in the care sector who will provide information on companies who are able to provide respite care near you, including the UKHCA (the United Kingdom’s Home Care Association).
COST OF RESPITE CARE
The cost of respite care is dependent on the level of care and support you require, with the overall cost determined by the number of visits and frequency of visits to you at home. Our experts will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs at your home, or in hospital if you are awaiting discharge to truly understand what you need and therefore how much hourly care will cost.
We know that our respite care costs are very competitive when compared with other hourly home care providers. It is worth noting that when comparing the cost of hourly care with a care package in a care home, that the fee you pay for hourly care is actually for the care and support you receive. In a care home your weekly fee mainly covers your accommodation, food and social activities with the care package being only a small part of what you pay.
You may be entitled to either healthcare funding, social care funding or Government funding to contribute to the cost of care at home. If you are faced with having to finance your own home care (known as self-funding care), there are initiatives available to you, including care fees annuities or equity release schemes that could provide the funds you need for your care and support.
FUNDING AND FINANCING RESPITE CARE AT HOME
You may be entitled to either healthcare funding,social care funding or Government funding to contribute to the cost of respite care. If you are faced with having to finance your own respite care (known as self-funding care), there are initiatives available to you, including care fees annuities or equity release schemes that could provide the funds you need for your care and support.
Other options for funding respite care at home include:
Grants for respite care
Charity networks can provide funding for respite care at home. These grants are offered through the charity Carers Trust if you are unable to finance respite care at home yourself. Turn2us is a free online service where you can find information about accesses these grants or use Grants for individuals which is a subscription-based service that allows you to search for funders and grants.
Benefits for self-funders
If you have to self-fund respite care at home, you may still be entitled to benefits like Attendance Allowance.
Respite care and Carer’s Allowance
Some people caring for a loved one worry about how respite care may affect their benefits, in particular Carer’s Allowance. If you are receiving Carer’s Allowance you can continue to receive this for up to four weeks in any six-month period if you have a break from caring.
We are here to take your call and will provide impartial support and guidance – contact our friendly care experts today to discuss your respite care needs.