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.
- Respite care can give both the carer and the person being cared for a break from each other and their usual routines.
- Respite care costs. You may need to pay for the service yourself. Even if you are eligible for some funding support, there can be additional costs that you will need to cover
- If you want to take respite care in a rest home, you may not be able to arrange the care for when you want as you may have to wait for a bed to become available.
- A suitable respite care service may not be available in your area.
What do I need in order to take this option?
- Contact your GP to ask about your eligibility for respite care.
- You can apply for Ministry of Health funding assistance for respite care. See C15 Receiving financial assistance for respite care.
- You can also pay for respite care yourself. See C16 Paying for respite care.
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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