What is short term residential care?
This is a temporary stay in a care home or nursing home which is
often called respite care.
Many people go into respite care when they are briefly unable to
cope at home or if they need to give their carer a break.
Charges apply for short stays that last up to 8 weeks in a row. If
a stay lasts longer than 8 weeks, the rules on how much you have to
pay are different.
The rules on charges for longer stays are explained in other places
on this website.
Where can I have respite care?
Peterborough City Council can arrange short stays in either
residential or nursing homes.
Care homes and Nursing homes are run by charitable organisations,
or privately on a commercial basis.
What should I do if I think I need respite care?
Please contact Peterborough City Council's Adult Social Care
department on (01733) 747474. A care co-ordinator or social
worker will discuss your care needs with you and if they agree that
you need short term residential care they will help you arrange
this. Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements
with a home of your choice. In this case, the payment of fees will
be your responsibility.
How much does it cost?
If your respite care is arranged by the Council,
and you have capital of £23,250 or more, you will pay the full cost
of the respite stay.
If you have less than £23,250 capital, you will pay £71.47 a week
if you are under PensionCredit qualifying age, and £96.81 a week if
you are over this age. Part weeks are charged pro rata on a nightly
If you are unable to afford the respite charge then you may apply
to have a full financial assessment which will look at all your
income and capital to decide how much you can afford to pay.
What counts as capital?
Capital includes things like bank/building society accounts,
cash, stocks and shares, and other investments. Capital is taken
into account if it is owned or jointly owned by you.
The home you live in does not count as capital, although a property
which you own but do not live in would be counted as capital.
How do I pay?
If your respite care is arranged by Peterborough City Council,
then you will receive a bill from us after your stay in the care
home. You don't pay the home directly.
Attendance Allowance & Disability Living Allowance (care
If your stay in respite care has been arranged by Peterborough
City Council, then any Attendance Allowance or DLA (care component)
that you receive may be affected. These benefits are stopped when
you have been in respite for 28 days in a row, but start again when
you return home.
If you get Attendance Allowance or DLA (care component) you must
inform the Department for Work and Pensions of any respite stays