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Respite care is designed to give carers a break for a limited period of time. Someone else provides care so the carer can go on holiday, attend to everyday activities or just relax. Sometimes a carer might need emergency respite care if, for example, they get sick or need to go to hospital. At Shellacare we will be happy to assist you and get your questions answered.

End-of-life patients receiving hospice services are eligible for “respite care,” defined and covered by the Medicare hospice benefit. Hospice respite care allows a family caregiver to get a break from caregiving duties while the patient is cared for in a Medicare-certified inpatient facility.

Medicare will cover most of the cost of up to 5 days in a row of respite care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility for a person receiving hospice care. Medicaid also may offer assistance. Medicaid (Medical in California) also may offer assistance.

If family and friends can't always step in, respite care may be a possibility. Your social worker will be able to discuss all the options and organize the care. Alternatively, you could pay for respite care privately. Find out more about carers' breaks and respite care.

Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid care givers of children with a developmental delay, children with behavioral problems, adults with an intellectual disability, and adults with cognitive loss in order to support and maintain the primary care giving.

Your local council or local carers' centre can give you information about local support. Find your nearest local carers' centre or respite service. Or easier yet contact Shellacare and let us assist you.

This varies from situation to situation. There are many different ways people pay for their home care costs. Some services may be covered by a type of insurance you have, or by Medicare or Medicaid. Some may be covered by workers’ compensation or by Veterans benefits. Also, services can be paid for directly by the person receiving care, which is commonly referred to as “private pay.”

To ensure you are receiving the right service, at the right time, under the right benefit, it’s important to be aware of all of the various sources available to help pay for your home care services (such as Medicare, your health insurance plan, long-term care insurance, or others.)
A home care provider may have specialists who can help you understand if the services you need may be covered by outside sources, and then contact those sources to determine your eligibility. Then, if your care services are in excess of what your coverage allows, you have the option of paying the difference out of pocket. 

No. Home care services can be provided wherever home is—a private residence, a senior living community, or while staying with a friend or family caregiver.

There is no set length of time for home care—it can vary greatly based on a person’s unique needs. Some home care services may last for a few weeks, while others may be lifelong. If a physician is prescribing your home care, he or she will oversee services until your recovery goals are met. However, if you are making the decision to start home care on your own, you can determine how many hours a week of care you need, and how often. Some home care providers may have a minimum hourly commitment to start care, or require you to sign a contract for a certain duration of time, so it’s important to ask any provider you consider.  

Different types of care require different certifications and training. Depending on your specific needs, the caregivers and clinicians coming into your home can vary. You could have different caregivers at different times of the day, week, or month as part of your care. Personal care and companionship services are most often provided by a home health aide (HHA) or certified nursing assistant (CNA). Private duty nursing care and home health care services are provided by registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs), physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), or speech language pathologists (SLPs). A medical social worker (MSW) can help individuals and family members connect with community resources.

Additionally, depending on the provider you choose, there may be other professionals who don’t come to your home on a regular basis, but can be instrumental in helping to manage your care. These experts may help with things like overseeing your overall care experience, coordinating schedules, billing insurance companies and Medicare directly, and verifying your benefits eligibility. 

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