Respite care means giving a break to someone usually looked after in their own home. It may be a short stay (usually one or two weeks) in a care home or care home with nursing or somewhere else, for example using the Family Placement Scheme. Hospitals occasionally provide respite care. This can be part of a regular programme or a one-off. An assessment has to be done before respite care can be arranged.
Family placement is home-based day or overnight respite care. There are also schemes giving short breaks in a Family Placement carer’s home.
Contact Adult Social Care to ask about getting respite care. You can also speak to the hospital Social Work department if someone is involved from there. For more information about Family Placement telephone 247 8659.