Respite care (sometimes called replacement care) is short-term care used as a temporary alternative to a person’s usual care arrangements. People who care for someone with dementia often carry on without realising how tired or tense they have become. A break or holiday can help them relax and recharge their batteries. It is important that carers have regular breaks and make time for their own needs. Respite care may also be needed in other situations. For example, the carer might have to go into hospital, or might have other important commitments.
This page outlines some of the different options available.
Please note that this information is valid in Wales only. It will be valid until April 2016, when the system will change in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
For respite care in England Replacement care (respite care) in England. For information about respite care in Northern Ireland Respite care in Northern Ireland.