8. Respite care
There are many different types of respite care that aim to give rest or relief to unpaid carers and the people they support. These include day centres, homecare services, residential stays and breaks to attend a social function. Options can be discussed when deciding on the support plan. Local authorities can choose to charge for this care, and many do. If someone is being assessed in order to receive respite or short-term residential care for up to 8 weeks, the assessment must be carried out as if they are continuing to live in their own home. If you are charged for respite care services, you may find some financial help locally. It may be worth asking your local authority about local schemes or charitable organisations to help pay for respite care.