What is Respite Care?
Respite is the term used to describe care given to family caregivers so they can have a temporary break from the responsibilities of providing care to a family member at home.
Family caregivers are integral to providing care in the home and, increasingly, family members are being called upon to support a loved one in a time of need. While most embrace the opportunity, the reality is that the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.
Home Respite Care
Respite can be provided through facility-based care or adult day programs. However families generally prefer in-home respite care. It means less disruption and provides stability for the client who remains in his/her normal environment.
Your HCCSS - Home & Community Care Support Services (formerly the LHIN) will assess your eligibility for government funded respite services. You may also wish to contact a home care service provider organization directly to arrange for respite care.