Respite Care
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Rest and relief from demands of care giving

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require additional home support or admission to a long-term care home. 

Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.

Respite provides the much needed temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by the family caregiver.  Respite programs provide for a planned short-term and time-limited admission which provides a break for families and other unpaid caregivers  to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship. Respite can also provide a positive experience for the person receiving care.

The rate for a respite stay is set at the lowest monthly long-term care services rate so that you are able to maintain your primary residence during the admission. To learn more about how to access respite care, please contact your Home and Community Care Office.

If you or your family believes you will experience serious financial hardship by paying this rate, you may apply through your Home and Community Care Office for a temporary reduction.

What should I bring?

Suggested items to bring with you during a respite stay:

  • List of current medications
  • BC Care Card Number
  • Emergency contact information
  • Washable clothes 
  • Mobility aids: wheelchairs, walkers, canes, walking shoes 
  • Personal items (e.g., hearing aids, dentures, toiletries)
  • Other items (e.g., books, calendar, a framed photo or other memento, cell phone, address book, cheque book or pocket money)

* Please label all items, including clothing. 

We want to hear from you

If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.

If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.


MoH     PCQO