THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF RESPITE CARERS RESPITE AND SHORT STAY CARE
CONTENTS• What is respite care?• What can you expect from it?• What are the costs involved?• The right care for you
WHAT IS RESPITE CARE?Respite care is short, temporary stay in a care home.It can be up to six weeks long or as short as a singleday. It allows carers to take a break from day to daycare and take some well needed time taking care ofthemselves. It can include residential care, nursingcare, dementia care, young people with disabilitycare and specialist care to help people who haveParkinson’s, Huntington’s or other disabilities.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM IT?With respite care you can expect an individualassessment when you arrive to make sure all thepatients needs are met. You will then get 24-hourcare and if you stay in a nursing home you will have24 hour nurses available to reassure and providecare.You will be looked after with activities, meals andlaundry services all being available, you can alsoadd extras and additional services such ashairdressing, physiotherapy and chiropody.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?Obviously fees will vary quite a lot depending on the typeof care and accommodation needed and the duration ofthe stay. As an example basic prices for Bupa’s respitecare will include:• 24 hour care• Private rooms• Utility bills• Council tax• Laundry• Activities• All meals and refreshmentsThere can also be additional charges for treatments andservices such as hairdressing, physiotherapy and othertypes of therapy’s and daily newspapers etc.
THE RIGHT CARE FOR YOUWith respite care it is important to visit the home andmeet residents and staff before deciding. You canask a lot of questions to find out exactly what youneed and what you can expect from your stay. Talkto your healthcare provider or insurer and find outexactly what you can and can’t get on yourinsurance scheme.Respite care can really help for a lot of people, socheck out what is available to you and get the bestfrom your care.