B17 - Respite Care

Many people take on the unpaid role of caring for a family member; either taking a relative into their own home or regularly visiting that relative and helping them with housework, shopping and transport.

Or older couples reach the stage where one develops a long-term health condition or disability, but they remain together in their own home with their spouse caring for them.

The Ministry of Health funds respite services to help families have a break from the caring role. It may also be possible to receive respite care if you normally live alone and independently but you need extra support while recovering from an illness or operation.

Respite care is short term and temporary - it could be overnight or up to several weeks. It includes care during an emergency. It can be provided in a residential facility such as a rest home or in your home.

Pros

Cons

What do I need in order to take this option?

Eligibility

Could this option limit my future choices?

No. In fact, it may help you to remain living independently in your home longer.

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