Who Pays for Short Term Care / Respite Care?
The answer to this question varies depending on the income and savings of the person receiving the care. Care services at home aren’t usually free.
If the person needing care or you are paying the fees yourself (called self-funding), then you will arrange and pay for your/their own care, but your local council should provide advice to support you.
Some ‘local authorities’ provide respite services to carers for free. However, the person you care for may be assessed (called a care needs assessment and a means test or financial assessment) to see what services are needed and if they need to contribute towards the costs of the services being provided to them in order to give you a break.
If the person needing care is required to pay the full cost of the services, you are not obliged to accept these services from the local authority. You can choose and arrange your own care service provider.
Our What will it cost page will provide more information.
You can book and pay for your respite care directly with our Homecare Team by calling 020 4519 2654 or 020 8366 3677 & press option 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.