Not sure what the best option is for you? Contact Carers in Bedfordshire to discuss options.
Carers can feel guilty about not providing all the care a person needs. But by allowing a paid carer to take over a lot of the work will help you enjoy the time you spend together. It will also help reduce the strain on your physical and mental health.
The Bedfordshire & Luton Directory: Adult Care and Support Services provides full details of organisations providing paid care. You can get a paper copy from Carers in Bedfordshire Offices, Bedford Borough Council (01234 267 422) or Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8303)
Care Choices has written a Home Care Checklist with a list of questions you can ask when considering which company to use.
Another option is to use a sitting service. This can provide you with a temporary break from caring for a couple of hours. This can sometimes be free.
Carers in Bedfordshire run a volunteer-led Dementia Sitting Service. Contact them on 0300 111 1919 for more details
Age UK Bedfordshire runs a fee-based Carers Respite Service. You can pay for it yourself or apply for a Needs/Carers Assessment.
There are a number of Good Neighbour Schemes throughout the county who offer a sitting service by a volunteer. Ring Carers in Bedfordshire (0300 111 191) for details.
For those who have a life-limiting condition, a sitting service is organised by Hospice at Home & Respite at Home Volunteers.
If you live in Dunstable and Houghton Regis contact Hospice at Home Volunteers.
If you live in Ivel Valley & West Mid Beds contact Respite at Home Volunteers.
Age UK (0800 678 1602) has a number of booklets which can help you understand your options and how to pay for it:
Using Personal Health Budgets
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