Respite Assistance Availability and Funding
Although you may not need to go into a care home permanently, there may be times when you need some residential care temporarily.
Staying in a residential home temporarily can be good for you and also provide an important break for the carers of elderly patients or others with care needs.
You could go into a care home and live there temporarily, or you could go in for day sessions a few times a week or everyday.
Who Might Use Respite Care Facilities?
- Some people need some temporary care whilst they recover from an illness, bereavement, operation or time spent in hospital.
- Temporary care can be vital to help people who have recently become disabled adjust to their new situation and needs. This can also be helpful for relatives and close friends, who may also have some adjustment difficulties and concerns.
- Temporary residential or day care can provide a break for both you and your carer. If you live independently and would like to continue doing so, a short period of care can help you to maintain this lifestyle.
- If you feel that in the near future you may need permanent care in a home, staying temporarily can ease you into the situation and give you an idea of different types of home and the facilities available.
Paying for Respite CareYou may be eligible for your Local Authority to pay for your respite care. For this you will be assessed as to your need for care and also means-tested. You may also be eligible for Income Support towards the cost of your stay. Any income you have will be taken into account, as well as any capital that you have, such as property or investments. If you have over £21,500 in savings you will probably have to pay for any temporary care yourself.
If you live independently and are in receipt of direct payments (money from the council to allow people to arrange their own care and help services), you could be assessed and if the Council agrees that you need temporary care, you could use your direct payments towards paying for this.
Carers can also have their wellbeing assessed, and if necessary receive help with care temporarily for the person they usually care for.
If you will be funding the cost of temporary care yourself or someone that you care for will be paying for their own fees, it’s up to you where you stay. The cost of care homes varies greatly according to area, facilities available and the level of care required. It is worth calling around a few and going to visit if possible to give you a good idea of what the options and financial implications are.