What is Respite or Short-Term stay?
Short-term stays or respite care are typically reserved for individuals during an illness or rehabilitation after a hospital visit and require supervised care while recovering. However, this is also a convenient option when planned or unplanned circumstances require you to seek temporary senior housing for a loved one. If you currently are caring for a loved one, the following examples could result in a short-term stay. Examples include:
Potential residents can find short-term stay services or respite care at assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes, where guests receive the same level of services and care as long-term residents. Services typically include:
Costs for short-term stays are typically on a per day basis, ranging from $100 to $300 per day and include meals, accommodations, and care services. It’s important to note that stays are typically less than one month long and are based on facility availability. Guests who stay longer than thirty days may be subject to recurring monthly costs and move-in fees.
Because short-term stays may occur as a result of planned or unforeseen circumstances, we advise you ask the following questions when considering a facility.
Respite Care: Finding and Choosing Respite Services: A non-profit resource guide that includes care basics, payment options, and strategies for select respite care providers. (HelpGuide)
Respite Care Guide: A comprehensive guide to understanding, locating, and using respite care. (Alzheimer’s Association)
Elder Care Services Search: A federal government site that includes a search–by-zipcode directory of elder care services, planning resources, benefits planners, and links to state agencies. (The U.S. Department on Aging)
Benefits.gov: Respite Care Benefits Details