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Top tips on finding & funding respite care

Published on 5th June 2018

TrustedCare.co.uk’s Care Liaison Team frequently support people looking for respite care so have put their heads together to come up with their top tips for care-seekers.

Respite care is classified as temporary care of a sick, elderly or disabled person to provide relief for their usual Carer.

Funding respite care:

Full-time Carers’ are often family members of the person requiring care and our Adviser’s often hear about the Carers’ feelings of guilt about needing a break. Our Adviser’s are able to draw upon their experience of helping others and offer reassurance that by finding the right care service they are providing their family member with a much needed break too!

When it comes to funding respite care there are various options available:

  • Self-funded
  • Council-funded: requires an assessment and approval from a social worker
  • Replacement home care provided by council
  • Charity funded: your GP should be able to provide information on charities which support full-time Carer's

Common challenges faced when looking for Respite Care:

Many care providers are reluctant to commit to respite care packages which are too far in the future or do not meet their minimum stay requirements for the following reasons:

  • Income: a full-time care placement is favoured as it is more likely to provide a guaranteed source of income over a sustained period of time
  • Time: the service Manager still has to complete the same level of paperwork for a short-term stay as a long-term stay
  • Service-user experience: many residential and nursing care services stress that a service-user requires a minimum of a 2 week stay in order to settle in and get the most from their stay at the home, specifically people with dementia

Advice:

TrustedCare.co.uk’s Care Liaison Team are in unequivocal agreement, timing and finding the right care provider is key.

Knowing when to start your search is key, we understand that many full-time Carer’s like to be reassured that they have care in place before committing to booking their own break. However, many care providers will not consider taking on a respite care package until 2-3 weeks before the respite care is due to commence.

This being said, our Advisers have started to see a rise care services having rooms which are designated for respite stays so they can be booked up further in advance, so finding the right care service is key. This is because the care service recognises the value of providing respite care, they know that if the service-user has a good experience then they will be first choice if the service-user ever needed full-time permanent care.

Case-study:

Names of enquirer and service user changed to protect identity.

Mrs Smith is her husband’s full-time Carer and reached out to TrustedCare’s Care Liaison Team for their support in finding a local care home to give herself a break. Mrs Smith’s husband has dementia and requires assistance with personal care, meal-times and can be prone to wandering and becoming confused.

TrustedCare’s team found a residential care home which met Mrs Smith’s requirements and after visiting she wanted to go ahead with a short term stay for her husband. The care home Manager declined package and stated care home only takes a one month minimum stay.

TrustedCare’s Adviser discussed with Manager that even though it’s initially a short term stay, the family are looking for a home where he can be admitted for frequent stays, and potentially moving long term if/when it’s required. The Manager agreed to adjusting the minimum stay requirements to 2 weeks. Mrs Smith was informed about minimum two week stay and how this extended stay would help her husband to settle into the home.

Outcome: Initial respite stay was agreed giving Mrs Smith a much needed break and her husband settled into life at the care home well. Mrs Smith is now confident that she can take time-out for herself if and when she needs it.

If you require support finding respite care then please do give our Care Liaison Team a ring on 03300 989949 for free, help and advice.

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