Hounslow Council


Short stay care

What is short stay or respite care?

Respite care or short stay as it is sometimes known is a period of care that can be provided to support your carer if you need a short-term break. It can also be provided where there is a sudden change in your usual care arrangements, for example, due to the illness of your carer.

Respite care can be provided in either a residential care home, nursing care home or in your own home and is provided for up to two weeks per year and is arranged in advance by your social worker. Within the learning disabilities service, respite care is provided by two specialised respite care units and is organised by the respite coordinator or your social worker.

Who is it for?

Respite care is available to older people, adults with a mental health problem or those with a  physical, sensory or learning disability. Respite care can support  you and give your carer peace of mind knowing that you are in a safe and cared for environment.

How much will it cost?

Your social worker will undertake a financial assessment to work out how much money you will need to pay towards each period of respite care and you will either need to pay the full cost of your respite care or need to make a contribution towards the cost.

How can I apply?

The aim of the respite service is to give carers a break from their caring role. Carers are entitled to request an assessment of their needs.  The assessment will focus on the support they need to maintain the care they are providing.  .  

Where is respite care provided?

Depending on your circumstances you can receive respite care in a residential care home or nursing care home. Alternatively, you can organise your own respite at home by using a personal budget.

Unfortunately, we are unable to meet everybody’s needs and services offered will be based on the assessment process with those with the greatest needs receiving a service.

If you would like further information, please contact your social worker. If you do not have a social worker, then please contact the Adult Access team.