Respite - What?
What is respite?
Respite means that you have a break from caring while your relative still gets the care they need.
Having a break to look after your own wellbeing is important when you care for someone. It can be equally important for your relative. Having a short break, such as a holiday, can help with their recovery.
What types of respite are there?
There are different types of respite available. What you get depends on what your local authority thinks you and your relative need. This could include the following support.
- Someone caring for your relative instead of you
- This is called ‘replacement care.’ For example, this could include regular night care to allow you to catch up on sleep.
- Your relative staying in a residential care home temporarily
- Your relative going on a holiday with or without you
- You going on holiday
If your relative goes into a residential care home to have a break, be aware that ‘direct payments’ will only cover a stay of 4 consecutive weeks in any 12 months.
Read more about ‘Direct Payments’
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