Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need. It can be provided in the client’s home or in a variety of out of home settings. Since not all families have the same needs, respite care is usually flexible to fit in with a family’s requirements.
Someone else takes over responsibility for the person you care for. It might be for a few hours, a day or longer. This may free some time for an exercise class, attend a wedding, weekly shopping or to go on holidays.
There are three main types of respite care:
- In home
- Day centres
- Residential (nursing homes, hostels or regional hospitals).
Who gets respite care?
Any carer can ask for respite. You don’t have to be a full time carer. For example if your main duties are cooking then respite care can be organised for that.