Respite Care

Short-term care when you need it most

Respite care services offer around-the-clock assistance during a short-term stay, which typically lasts more than 24 hours, but less than two weeks.

Caregivers often turn to respite care if they're unable, for a short time, to provide the 24-hour supervision their loved one requires. Respite stays are also sometimes used as trial runs before making the decision to move to a care center full-time.

Respite care usually includes all the same services available to long-term residents at that location, such as 24-hour care, meals, social activities and housekeeping.

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Short-term care when you need it most

What Is Respite Care?

As an informal caregiver, your schedule often revolves around the person you help. But what happens if you need to travel for work, or you simply want a weekend away? That's when respite care can help you.

Respite care offers temporary (more than 24 hours) services for seniors and others with special needs. This can include help with activities, around-the-clock nursing assistance and more. Check with your location to learn what they have to offer.

  • What do I need to set up respite care?

    Entering respite care requires the same paperwork as is required for admission to a skilled nursing center, including lists of medications, medical records and more.

    You'll determine how long the individual will remain in respite care and complete payment paperwork upon admission. This process is the same whether it's an overnight stay, a weekend, or longer.

    Typically, respite care is available for up to 14 days. Contact your respite care provider for the information they require.

  • Where do I find respite care?

    Respite care can be provided by home care agencies, nursing homes or various senior communities. Some locations offer adult day services programs that provide half-day and whole-day care, which includes meals and group social activities.

  • What does respite care cost?

    The cost will depend on the level of care and length of time needed. Some insurance plans will pay for respite care. If the person has a life-threatening illness and qualifies for the Medicare hospice benefit, Medicare will cover respite care up to a certain amount.

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