Most care homes focus on long-term residential care, but some also offer short-term respite care options. It can be difficult to get respite space at short notice, but some homes will take advance reservations which can help you to plan ahead, for example if you want to book a holiday.
Finding care homes that offer respite care
Enter the postcode of the person needing care in our care services directory to find local care homes. Then contact the local care homes to see if respite care is something they may be able to offer.
When choosing a care home, even for a short stay, it’s important to read the contract carefully and understand any fees, extra charges and other terms & conditions. See our advice on care home contracts for further advice on this topic.
Short-term NHS care following a stay in hospital
If the person you care for needs short-term specialist care following an illness or operation, NHS Intermediate Care might be an option. This provides free care and support at home or in a care home for up to six weeks. It’s usually provided following a stay in hospital, or to prevent admission to hospital, for example if the person’s usual carer is suddenly taken ill.
The importance of planning ahead, how to access local authority respite care and choosing respite care.
If you need a break from caring duties, there are ways to arrange extra support at home, both short and long term.
Are there other people who would be willing and able to help you look after the person needing care?
Cost of care and eligibility in England
Use our calculator to find out how much care might cost and what financial support is available.
Benefits for carers
If you are a carer you may be able to claim benefits such as Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Credit. We explain how to get assessed and what’s available.
Organising home care
Many older people live independently with the help of family, friends and professional carers. Explore the different types of home care and how to arrange it.
We provide practical information on sheltered housing, extra care housing, assisted living and supported housing, with advice on the renting and buying options.
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