Respite Care


Caring for a loved one with a disability or medical condition is a fulfilling and worthwhile duty; but even the most steadfast of family members needs time to take care of their own needs. They need time to work, to maintain the home, and to simply take a break.

What is Respite Care?

Respite Care is when another party takes over the primary care-giving duties for a disabled or ill loved one for a short period of time.

Depending on the need, this period could be anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. There are different Respite Care arrangements to suit a variety of situations, from home care to temporary lodging at a Long-Term Care facility.

How do I know if I need Respite Care?

If you’re the sole primary caregiver in your household, then you are a candidate for Respite Care. Being a caregiver takes up a lot of time and is an emotional and financial burden. As such, most caregivers need time for other aspects of their life such as:

There are also other situations that require Respite Care:

Do I qualify for Respite Care?

Respite Care has different requirements depending on where you want the care to be provided: whether in home or in a Long-Term Care facility.

If you’re interested in Respite Care at a Long-Term Care facility, your loved one must:

But it’s not just your loved one that has to qualify. The primary caregiver also must:

Once qualified, your loved one will be able to stay for a maximum of 60 days.

How do I obtain Respite Care at a Long-Term Care facility?

In order to obtain Respite Care at a Long-Term Care facility, you must apply to your local LHIN (Local Health Integration Network). You will be assigned a LHIN coordinator, who will be responsible for reviewing your case and presenting you with your available options.

Your LHIN will walk you through:

Are you interested in Respite Care for yourself or a family member? GTA Senior Care Solutions is committed to helping families in need find the support resources they require.