What is Respite Care?

What is Respite Care?

Posted by Debbie Harris

What is respite care?

Respite care ...

  • is a short stay in a care home that provides ‘respite’ from caring responsibilities for a carer,
  • provides a period of rehabilitation after a fall or a period in hospital to get you back on your feet
  • provides a period of rehabilitation after an operation

How does respite care work?

A care home will rarely keep ‘respite beds’ available for short term residents. So you are reliant upon a room being available if you want a respite stay.

The usual length of stay is 2 - 4 weeks. Some care homes will offer shorter stays but there is a lot of paperwork and preparation required to ensure the stay is as comfortable as possible and meets all of your needs.

How do I find respite care?

Most care homes will offer respite care if they have an available room. You can search for care respite care on Autumna to find the homes that actively promote their respite care.

Ensure you are looking for respite care in an appropriate care home; care homes provide residential, nursing and dementia care. It’s important that you find a care home that offers the correct level of support for you.