Replacement care (respite care) in England

Replacement care, also commonly known as respite care, is any care arrangement designed to give rest or relief to unpaid carers. It aims to support carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. This page looks at what replacement care is, the different types that are available, and how to pay for it. It also offers tips to help carers and people with dementia to get the most out of replacement care.

This section is for people living in England and is not intended for Wales and Northern Ireland, where the systems are different. For information on respite care in these countries please see our pages: Respite care in Wales or Respite care in Northern Ireland.