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Temporary Respite Care for Caregivers

To support you, we offer services that allow you to take a break from the demands of caring for your loved one. (source) These services are called respite care services and there are two ways that they can be provided:

  • in-home
  • short-stay respite in long-term care homes


In-home respite care

You can request this service for short breaks of a day or less. A licensed personal care worker will come to your home to care for your loved one while you are away.


If the person you care for qualifies for services coordinated by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), in-home respite is paid by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

If you are not eligible, you can arrange these services from various providers for a fee.

Short-stay respite care

With this service, the person you care for can stay for a short time in a long-term care home.

This service can provide temporary relief from care-giving duties.


All personal and nursing care provided in long-term care homes is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

You only pay for accommodation costs such as room and board.

Accommodation costs = $36.34 per day.

How to arrange respite care

Call your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).

For more information about these programs, please visit this website.