Many seniors and older adults are able to stay at home and in their communities thanks to the support of family and friend caregivers.
Being a caregiver requires a lot of energy and dedication. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a caregiver requires a break from their caregiving role for a short period of time.
Respite care allows a loved one to be placed in a long-term care facility for a short-stay.
Respite care is available at select personal care homes and nursing homes within the region, and may be booked for a maximum of 30 days per year. Care may be requested in a 30-day block or in series of shorter blocks.
Booking requests for respite care are accepted up to one year in advance, on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the time requested is not available, you will be placed on a waitlist and offered space if a cancellation occurrs.
Applying for respite care
Admission for respite care services is coordinated by the office of placement services. The community health nurse or social worker assisting you with a respite application can provide information on service locations, availability and rates.