A respite carer is an individual who is available to step in when a regular care worker needs some time off is ill. The same skills as a carer would be required as patients would need an identical level of care and support to that they would receive from the regular member of staff.
Respite carers would need to be available out of hours due to the nature of the work and also be prepared to attend at very short notice. Recruitment agencies will look for respite carers who can guarantee that no disruption is caused to the patient when they assume control and that the usual care plan is adhered to.
A career as a respite carer would therefore be suitable for an individual who has the aforementioned skills and who does not mind working long and antisocial hours. They will also thrive off the care of less able elderly people and take their job very seriously.
Respite carers may be employed by the NHS or private care firms.Due to the nature of respite care work, salaries vary greatly and will usually be paid on a temporary basis.