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 have
respite care when they are briefly unable to cope at home or if
they need to give their carer a break.
The charges that 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 the following pages:
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.
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 £73.29 a week if you are under Pension Credit qualifying
age, and £99.26 a week if you are over this age. Part weeks are
charged pro rata on a nightly basis.
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
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
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 you have.
Contact Adult Social Care on;
For social security benefits advice contact
the Department for Work and Pensions on;
For a list of registered care homes, contact
the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on;
For local care provider’s visit: www.peterboroughcaredirectory.org.uk
If you would like this information in another
language or format, please contact us;
- Adult Social Care
Peterborough City Council
- Telephone: (01733) 454446
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org