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Are there any charges for respite care and short breaks?
You may be charged for respite services but this will depend on the support provided and where relevant, an assessment of your financial circumstances. Charges for the different types of respite care and short breaks are explained below.
Respite in a residential setting or care home
Residential respite care is always charged for, according to the financial means of the person who is cared for. The person being cared for will be asked to complete a financial assessment and will be notified what contribution they are required to make.
Day care services
Day care may be provided in variety of settings. We will offer as much choice as possible although this may be limited. Day care is charged for and there is a charge for transport where this is provided. It is expected that people who can make their own transport arrangements will do so.
Personal care at home
This is care provided at home that may give help with personal care and domestic tasks that the person is unable to do for themselves. Home care is chargeable according to the means of the person being cared for. Where home care is provided as a form of respite because for example a carer is going on holiday, it is still chargeable.
We normally commission this service either from our in-house home care service or through a contract with one of the local independent registered providers (care agencies). We will do our best to provide services that fit in with your way of life and your cultural needs.
Sitting or respite at home services
These services provide a few hours break for a carer by means of a trained care worker or a sitter coming into the home to provide company and any care or supervision that is required during the period of the carer's absence. It is only provided where alternative care is needed to ensure safety and to meet essential personal care or mental health needs. Special kinds of service of this type are available for people with dementia. The worker who assesses you can give further information.
In North Yorkshire this service is provided by certain voluntary organisations under an agreement with social care services, or sometimes by registered care providers (care agencies). We cannot guarantee to commission care from any particular provider but again will try to accommodate your preferences where possible.