<t>The most basic system that I have used in the past, is where the careworker calls a family mobile from the landline in the house, the state the time and reasons that the may be late (does happen) they then call at the end of the visit (again from landline) with what they done on the visit. <br/> ...

I think it is terrible the way things are going. However there is light at the end of the tunnel.

There is a service in Motherwell that has a state of the art respite Hotel. PM for details.

They are fantastic in what they do.