Funding for respite care
From time to time, the demands of caring for your partner, a loved one or a family member on a full-time basis can leave you feeling tired and in need of a little time to restore your energy. Short-term respite care gives partners and family members who normally take the responsibility for providing care the opportunity to take a well-earned break.
If you normally care for someone who lives in their own home, temporary live-in respite care is an ideal way to provide reliable continuity of care over a short period. There are several ways to cover funding for respite care for your loved one. These include:
Self-funding respite care
If you are able to cover the entire cost of respite care yourself you have the freedom to choose the respite cover which best suits your needs and budget. The Good Care Group will initially provide a minimum of two weeks respite care followed by shorter periods of care thereafter if required at a later date.
Obtaining local authority funding
In order to qualify for local authority funding for respite care it is likely that the person requiring care will need a community care assessment. The process and criteria by which funds may or may not be awarded will differ between local authorities depending upon available finance and policy priorities.
If a person is deemed eligible for funding they may receive some or all of the cost of respite care, but as conditions vary it is best to check the arrangements for funding directly with your local authority. You can find contact details for your local authority by using DirectGov’s local authority search engine.
Unlike self-funding, the options you have for respite care funded by your local authority may be limited on grounds of cost-effectiveness but it should be remembered that a local authority cannot refuse to provide a service on the basis of its cost.
Approaching the NHS for funding
In some situations, the NHS is responsible for meeting care needs although this is typically in cases where the primary need is for healthcare rather than social care. NHS may be provided in hospital but it could be in someone’s own home or elsewhere in the community.
Depending upon your own circumstances there may be other NHS funding schemes or benefits available to cover the cost of respite care so it is worth consulting your GP or healthcare professional for further information and advice.
Seek funding from a charity
If you are unable to self-fund respite care and are ineligible for funding from your local authority you may be able to receive help from a local or national charity. Charities which provide funds to enable respite breaks for carers include The Respite Association, The Ogilvie Charities, The Victoria Convalescent Trust, and The League of the Helping Hand (LHH).
Care industry award winners The Good Care Group provides outstanding respite care services which enable carers to take time out from looking after their loved ones. Our short-term respite care provides expert and professional care in your own home. As a carer you can take a break with the complete confidence and reassurance that your loved one is receiving the highest possible standards of care and support tailored to their individual needs. You can read about our exceptional respite care here, or to discuss your requirements for respite care call one of our friendly and fully-trained advisors on 020 3728 7577.