Respite care – frequently asked questions

Need a break from caring for someone, or looking for short term care? Respite care could be what you're looking for.

What does ‘respite’ mean?

Respite is a term used to mean a short stay in a care home service. It could be the opportunity to regain independence or provide a much-needed break.

What does respite care provide?

Respite care can offer families and carers a much-needed break. It’s also a great option as part of a post-operative care programme or simply for when your home’s being redecorated.

Staying with us for a short period can help you to regain your confidence, make new friends, try new activities and take time out.

Can I view the home?

Yes, you are welcome to visit us at Sherwood House, just give us a call to make an appointment.

Are you regulated and inspected?

Yes, we are inspected regularly by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) so that we can let them talk to our service users. Our care home is rated “Good” by CQC and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and make that rating “Outstanding”.

Is there a choice of food at meals times?

Yes, there is a choice at every meal time and the chef is enthusiastic in offering a varied home cooked daily menu choice. Every resident has a person-centred care plan and this will include dietary needs and likes and dislikes.

Do you allow pets?

Unfortunately we do not allow pets.

How much does a respite stay cost and what does it cover?

Our fees are reviewed annually and are linked to the Consumer Price Index to accurately reflect the increased costs of running the service. We are a 'not for profit' organisation, and do not work to make a surplus.

Current fees

Low level support - £823 per week
Medium level support - £907 per week
High level support - £988 per week
Respite customers - 10% on top of the standard weekly charge.
Four larger rooms are available at an additional cost of £100 per week. These fees apply for the 2022/23 financial year.

Our fees include:

  • 24-hour care
  • Private bedroom – with en-suite facilities
  • Full use of all communal lounges and facilities
  • All utilities – there is no additional charge for gas or electricity usage
  • Laundry (excludes dry cleaning services)
  • All your meals and refreshments (including any special dietary requirements agreed in advance)
  • Varied activities programme

We can also provide additional services and items for a small charge. These might include:
Hairdressing appointments and a daily newspaper.

How long can I stay for?

You can stay for a minimum of one night or as long as you like. Fees can be broken down into a daily rate if needed.

Is respite care always available?

Respite availability varies throughout the year, so it’s recommended that you call Andrea our care home manager as far in advance as possible to check if we can accommodate you.

How do I book a respite stay?

The first thing to do is have a conversation with Andrea our care home manager. Andrea will be able to tell you whether we can provide the appropriate type of care for you or your relative.

Can my friends and family visit when I stay?

Of course! Your friends and family are welcome to visit you during your stay with us. We have visitor protocols in place to ensure residents, team and visitors remain safe.

Do you have visiting times?

We do not have visiting times although is recommended between 10am and 8pm.

How do I stay in touch with my family?

We can organise regular catch-ups with your family. Speak to Andrea about the best method for you.

Am I allowed out and about?

Of course. You are free to be at the care home as much or as little as you choose. We love helping residents attend family events if we can as well.

Will I need to be assessed before I arrive?

We pride ourselves on our personalised care, which means it’s important we know how to care for you prior to your arrival. Our care home manager Andrea will arrange an assessment with you so we know exactly what your needs and preferences are.

What do I need to bring for my stay?

Your room has a wardrobe and set of drawers for your clothes. Your bed will be fully made up and we will also provide towels for your stay with us. You will, however, need to bring the following:

  • Clothes for your stay, including underwear
  • Socks, tights or stockings
  • Night clothes and dressing gown
  • Slippers and shoes
  • Coat/jacket
  • Toothbrush and toiletries
  • Any medication you require during your stay
  • Any personal electrical appliances (although these will need to be PAT tested)
  • Any other small personal items, such as books, CDs, stationery, etc.

Apart from these items, come as you are! We look forward to spending more time with you.


Time to rest and recharge is essential, as is having someone you can trust look after you. Our reliable, compassionate care assistants are fully trained, giving you the peace of mind you need.

To book a free trial day at Sherwood House, call us on 0115 964 2721 or email