What is respite care?

In simple terms respite care is a care support service that offers a short term temporary break to those caring for a loved one on a day to day basis.

Despite many people choosing to take on the responsibility of caring for their loved one it can be invaluable for them to be able to take a break from time to time. It gives caregivers a chance to take some time for themselves to relax and refresh themselves from their day to day routine. Caring for a loved one can be a full time role so it’s invaluable for carers to be able to take a break from the responsibility. It has been shown that respite care has a positive impact on the health and well-being of carers.

There are many types of respite care available, some of which can be planned in advance and some which can arranged in an emergency.

Respite care is a short-term and temporary care arrangement which:
• Is primarily for the benefit of the carer, and is allocated by social services in their role in supporting you
• Allows the regular carer to take a temporary break from their caring responsibilities
• Benefits patients by necessitating a change of routine and environment

Respite care can be provided for anything from an hour up to a week or even longer, depending on individual circumstances.