Respite care and short stays

Carers sometimes need a break and this can be provided in several ways: you may wish to go into a care home yourself for a week or two; or arrange home-based respite care where another carer moves into your home; or family-based respite care where you move into another family’s home for a period. The best option for you will depend on your needs, the urgency of the situation and personal choice and cost.

If you are thinking about long-term care, but have had no experience of living in a care home, you may wish to book in for a short stay to see what it’s like. This will help you make an informed decision. If you have nursing needs, ask for a nursing determination as a contribution to your fees.