Respite care for adults

What does it do?

Day respite can be provided to offer short periods of respite in a range of different ways either in the home; support at home or in day centres for older people or via adult day care resources and enhanced care units. It may also be possible to access services provided by the private and voluntary sector. Residential respite and phased care can be provided in a residential setting to enable carers to have a break from their caring role.

Respite needs should be identified via an assessment under the NHS and Community Care Act 1990, which includes assessments of carers' needs under the Carers Recognition and Services Act 1995. Your care manager will carry out this assessment. If you do not currently receive a care package please contact our Access Service on 020 8356 6262 or  and we will arrange an assessment for the cared for person and a carer assessment for the carer.

Who it is for?

Anyone who undertakes a caring role for a friend or relative who is an older person or has a learning or physical disability or suffers a mental health problem may be able to access respite care services.

Where it is available?

Local service (Hackney).

What it costs:

We do have a charging policy for home care and residential care services. How much you will pay will depend on what benefits, savings, or income you have.

How to access or apply for it:

Contact the Carers Helpline (see details above). Open from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturdays.

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Info last updated:

Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London, E8 1DY