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Our In Safe Hands service offers short breaks to caring relatives and friends who look after an older person.

We have had a CQC inspection in January 2017 and I am delighted to say that we have been rated GOOD in all 5 sections, please click here for further details.

Sally Hutchinson
Chief Officer Age UK York

After an initial home visit by one of the Care Organisers, we look for a volunteer to take the place of the carer so they can have a break. We offer companionship, preparation of simple meals, help with personal care and simple moving and handling tasks.

Arrangements may be made to cover the day time or evening on an occasional or regular basis, night care, live-in care and pop-in visits, providing a suitable volunteer is available. All these arrangements take place in the older person's home, and a charge is usually made.

We have been able to extend the help we give through our Care Worker Scheme. We employ several care workers to accompany older people with dementia on activities away from their own home. This increases their social contact and gives a carer a break.

Our In Safe Hands staff provide information and advice on a wide range of issues that affect older people and those who care for them. For more information, please contact our In Safe Hands Organiser on the number below.

Download our In Safe Hands volunteer leaflet

Download our In Safe Hands Care Worker Scheme leaflet