Respite care (which is also known as ‘short stay’ care) provides an unpaid carer with some time away from their caring responsibilities. Sometimes respite care is also a period of rehabilitation after a hospital admission or operation.

How much does respite care cost?

According to research by the UK Care Guide, the average cost of respite care is usually around £7-800 per week.

However it can be as much as £1,500 a week for emergency respite care, live-in care, or staying in a care home.

Anyone who only requires occasional help should also enquire about respite costs per day.

Questions about funding care?

Care Sourcer’s friendly care experts are on hand to provide guidance on typical care costs, help you explore your funding and benefit options, or even negotiate care fees on your behalf. Call us on freephone:

0800 098 8299

(Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Is funding available for respite care?

You may be eligible for support with the cost of respite care. The amount of funding you receive for care and the specific cost for the care will change significantly depending on the country you live in and your specific circumstances.

To see if you qualify for payment towards respite care from your local council, authority or trust (depending on where you live in the UK) you will need to have a Carer’s Assessment (see below) and a Care Needs Assessment

There are also some charities who can offer financial assistance towards respite care, including:

Get a Carer’s Assessment to find out what you are entitled to

As a carer, you are entitled to a Carer’s Assessment from the adult social services department of your local council, authority or trust (depending on where you live in the UK). This is a way for them to look at your responsibilities and decide if there is a way they can help you.

The assessment will take about an hour and someone will ask you some questions about your caring role and how it impacts your life. Which? Later Life has a useful guide about preparing for a Carer’s Assessment.

Following the assessment, your local council might be able to offer you some extra support, such as:

  • organising some cover so you can take a break from caring (respite care)
  • help with domestic tasks such as housework or gardening 
  • emotional support such as counselling 
  • training about how to best care for someone e.g. lifting safely
  • advice about benefits for carers

Frequently asked questions

How much does respite care cost?

According to research by the UK Care Guide, the average cost of respite care is usually around £7-800 per week.

However it can be as much as £1,500 a week for emergency respite care, live-in care, or staying in a care home.

Is funding available to help with the cost of respite care?

You may be eligible for support with the cost of respite care. To see if you qualify for payment towards respite care from your local council, authority or trust (depending on where you live in the UK) you will need to have a Carer’s Assessment and a Care Needs Assessment. 

Do any charities offer assistance with the cost of respite care?

There are also some charities who can offer financial assistance towards respite care, including:

Questions about funding care?

Care Sourcer’s friendly care experts are on hand to provide guidance on typical care costs, help you explore your funding and benefit options, or even negotiate care fees on your behalf.

Call us on freephone: 0800 098 8299 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

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