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What is respite care?

Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need. It can be provided in the client’s home or in a variety of out of home settings. Since not all families have the same needs, respite care is usually flexible to fit in with a family’s requirements.

Respite involves someone else taking responsibility for the person you care for – often in a paid capacity. It might be for a few hours, a full day, or longer. It might be for some time to exercise, attend a wedding, weekly shopping or to go on holidays.

There are three main types of respite care:

  • In home
  • Day centres
  • Short term accommodation for short stays.