How To Arrange Respite Care
Respite care is sometimes necessary for a number of reasons. In some cases both a carer or a person who receives care from a family member or friend may need a short break. In others, a person may be considering permanently moving to a residential home and use respite care as a way to see if it is a good fit for them.
Whatever the reasons, the need for respite care is a valid one. For individuals who require specialist care or support, a temporary stay at a care home can give them the chance to try new things and meet new people. For carers, respite care presents the opportunity for rest and recuperation before caring responsibilities resume.
What Can Respite Care Provide?
Respite care can provide:
- Recovery & support following illness, injury or an operation
- A break for both a person and their carer
- A chance to ‘try out’ a particular care home
- A short break from living alone
Respite care isn’t necessarily provided within a care home – but it often is. In some cases, respite care can include care at home from paid carers or care from other family members and friends while your main carer takes a break.
At its core, respite care is necessary to give all parties involved in caring and being cared for a break.
How Do I Arrange Respite Care?
There are a few avenues to arranging respite care. The first is through both a carer’s assessment and needs assessment from social services. Over the course of this assessment a social worker may come to the conclusion that respite care is needed from time to time to alleviate stress on the person being cared for and their carer.
In order to request a care assessment you should contact the adult social care team of your local authority. If social services think you may benefit from respite care then they will create a support plan and often may assign a personal budget that can be specifically used for respite care.
Alternatively, if you are not eligible for any support with respite care funding, you can seek support from care homes and other organisations which provide respite care services and engage with them directly.