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Your Guide to In-Home Respite Care


Respite care could be the right option for you and your loved one. Check out our guide below to learn more.

In today’s fast-paced world, taking care of loved ones with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or ageing-related issues can be challenging. The demands of caregiving can sometimes become overwhelming, affecting the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of both the family carer and the person receiving care. To address these challenges, the concept of Respite Care emerged. It is a valuable support system for families in Ireland. In this blog post, we will explore respite care in Ireland in 2023, its benefits, and how it can provide much-needed relief for carers across the country. 

What is Respite Care? 

It is a temporary form of support that allows carers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. It offers a short-term period of relief, ranging from a few hours to several weeks, during which another trained professional takes over the caregiving duties. This is where a company such as Comfort Keepers comes in. Companies step in and provide temporary programmes of carer visits. These programs are designed to provide family carers with a break from care provision whilst minimising any impact for the care recipient. 

This break enables the family to attend to their own needs, rest, and recharge, ensuring they can continue providing quality care in the long run. 

Respite care can also be beneficial to someone seeking short term care or rehabilitation after surgery or a medical emergency. No matter how short a period you may need care, we can work with you to build a care plan that will help you on your road to recovery. 

For family carers who wish to go away on holidays or a short break, it also means you can take time away to rest and recharge, knowing your loved one is in safe hands. 

Types of Services Provided

  • Adult, disability and dementia respite care
  • Added security & comfort in the home
  • Personal care tasks like bathing and dressing
  • Housekeeping such as changing bed lined and laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Supporting social interactions and activities
  • Companionship – sharing conversation and spending time together
  • Helping with mobility
  • Overseeing medication – all according to the customer’s care plan
  • Running errands – assisting with tasks such as shopping or picking up a prescription

Benefits of Respite Care 

Physical and Emotional Wellbeing: Providing care for a loved one can be physically and emotionally demanding. Respite care allows carers to rest, reducing the risk of burnout, stress, and exhaustion. By prioritising self-care, family carers can better manage their own health and wellbeing. 

Enhanced Quality of Care: Taking regular breaks can help family carers maintain a higher standard of care for their loved ones. It allows them time to replenish their energy, and sometimes even acquire new caregiving techniques and advice from professionals. As a result, carers can return to their role with renewed energy, dedication, and expertise. 

Support for Care Recipients: Respite care not only benefits the person providing care but also the care recipient. It introduces them to new experiences, people, and environments, fostering socialisation and personal growth. Additionally, respite care services often offer specialised care for specific conditions, providing tailored support to meet the unique needs of individuals. 

In-Home Respite Care in Ireland 

In-home respite care services are provided by companies across like Comfort Keepers across Ireland. This type of care allows care recipients to receive temporary care in the comfort of their own homes. Professionally trained Home Support Workers visit the care recipient’s residence and assist them with daily activities, medical needs, and companionship. This is the perfect option for those who prefer to remain in familiar surroundings. 

Respite Care Grant 

This grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Social Protection in June of each year. It is automatically paid to carers receiving Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance or Prescribed Relative’s Allowance. 

The current grant is €1,850 and it is not taxable. One grant is paid for each person getting care. There are certain rules attached to the grant. You can find out more about the Grant Rules on Citizens Information site. 


Respite Care is a lifeline for family carers in Ireland. It is an essential support system, granting family carers a much-needed break from caring for their loved ones. Comfort Keepers’ in-home respite care service offers comprehensive assistance, ensuring these carers get a chance to recharge and maintain the high standard of care they have been providing. This professional service not only benefits care providers but also care recipients by offering physical, emotional, and social support. 

Accessing Respite Care Services 

If you’re interested in availing of respite care services with Comfort Keepers, you can visit our dedicated page here or you can book a consultation with us now by filling out this form

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