Short term live-in care – Here for you when you need a break

If you need to take time away, we’ll connect you to a live-in carer you can trust to care the way you would.


More choice

Choose your carer from our 5000+ community, and manage care easily with your MyElder account. 

More control

Whether you need care in 24 hours, or are planning ahead, we can help you take control.

More support

Our support specialists and clinical team are here to listen, guide, and empower 7 days a week.

More value

No surcharges, no hidden costs, and no joining fees– just truly personalised care.


Supporting an elderly loved one can sometimes get too much, and it’s completely normal to feel this way.

According to Carers UK, 63% of family carers are worried about continuing to care without a break, and 74% feel exhausted as a result of looking after someone they love.

It’s important to have time and space to look after your own wellbeing – whether this means a weekend away, spending time with friends, or simply catching up on some sleep. However, we get that this often feels easier said than done.

We’re here to help. Short-term live-in care from Elder is a form of Respite care that allows you to take a break.  A professional carer will take over care duties for a short period of time – whether that be a for a few days or a few weeks – which can be of great benefit to both you, and the person you’re looking after. 

We’ll work closely with you to find the right short-term carer to move in with your loved one, and help with anything from getting washed and dressed, to preparing meals and looking after the home.

Care can be arranged for as little as three days at a time – to a few weeks, and means you can enjoy a bit of a break with the complete peace of mind that your loved one is safe and happy, with someone there to care for them.  

Why is respite important? 

When to consider help at home from a paid carer

In research by Carers UK, eight in 10 carers said that caring had led to feelings of isolation. Respite gives carer an opportunity to spend quality time with other family and friends. 

It can help improve your relationship with the person needing care – giving you both space to talk to different people and try new experiences

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If you’re a full-time carer you may be eligible for a holiday grant towards a short break. Some charities in the UK offer free or discounted holidays too. 

How does it work?


It takes a lot to put your loved one in the care of someone new, we get that. It’s why we’ll always take your lead to arrange care you’re comfortable with

Getting to know you

Give our care specialists a call – they’ll learn as much as they can about your situation, and work out an arrangement that best supports your loved one’s needs.

Finding the right carer

We believe every family deserves the right carer, every-time. We’ll connect you to a skilled, fully vetted carer who’s not only a safe pair of hands, but a friendly face too.

Providing peace of mind

 On your carer’s first day, they’ll set aside plenty of time to get to know your loved one, and how they like things to be done. If you’d like regular updates from your carer while you’re away, we’ll do this in a way that works for you.

Short Term Care

We know that receiving care from someone you’re familiar with is important. So, we’ll always try to connect you to the same carer when you make multiple live-in care bookings at once.

3 days from £625
Per week from £1450

What does it include?

Household tasks​

e.g vacuuming and laundry​

Meal times​

e.g preparing meals to taste and dietary requirements

Personal care​

e.g help with washing, toileting, and prompting medication


e.g daily company, and help getting out and about to see friends

Helping with daily pet care

e.g feeding, exercising

Up to two nightly wake-ups

Occasional help with things like getting to the toilet or providing reassurance.

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Call our friendly team to arrange your short-term care

We’re here seven days a week to answer your questions, and help you put the right support in place. 

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