Respite care is short-term care given to a palliative or hospice care patient by another care provider or nurse, so that a family member or friend who is the patient’s caregiver can rest or take time off. This period typically ranges from eight (8) to forty-eight (48) hours.

This substitution was created to allow caregivers (family members, friend-volunteers, etc.) time away from dispensing care. The goal of this is to help lower their care-giving stress, and at the same time fill-in the needs of the individual receiving care. Temporary care may be based in the community or in an institution.

The foundation will provide for both institutional and domiciliary respite care. Institutional respite care is when the patient may be brought into an accredited care home, hospice facility or hospital that provides hospice care, for a short-term stay. Domiciliary respite care is where a home care nurse comes into patient’s home and takes over care for a while (for a few hours) so the carer can go out or have some time for himself/herself.