Many seniors and older adults are able to stay at home and in their communities thanks to the support of family and friend caregivers. However, 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 is available at Saint Luke’s and other select personal care homes and long-term care sites throughout the region. Respite Care allows a loved one to stay in a long-term care facility for a short period of time – up to a maximum of 30 days per year. Respite 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 occurs.
Applying for Respite Care
Admission for respite care services is coordinated by Eastern Health’s 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.