Respite Care for Older People is a resource that provides a temporary break for a family or an informal carer. If you or your family member is in receipt of a Home Care Package funded by the HSE, then you may be able to avail of a respite stay in a local HSE run facility. HSE funded Respite Care in Dun Laoghaire is provided in the following centres:
- Dalkey Community Unit, located in Dalkey village behind the Catholic Church on Castle Street;
- Leopardstown Park Hospital, provides Respite care only for women; and
- St Joseph’s Centre, Crincken Glen, Shankhill which specialises in Respite care for people living with Dementia.
Respite is often provided in a planned way for a set period of time (normally one or two weeks), so as to allow families or carers to take a break themselves from their caring duties or to attend family events or holidays. The older person will also often benefit from the change of environment or from specific nursing or medical support provided during their stay in respite care.
In order to avail of HSE funded respite care, you must apply by fully completing the application form available from your local Public Health Nurse. Respite Care should be applied for well in advance as places are limited and demand exceeds supply.
Respite Care should not be confused with Convalescent Care. The latter usually follows a stay in a hospital, whereas Respite Care is aimed at Older People normally living at home.
Of course it is also possible to avail of private Respite Care in a private nursing home. Some of the private nursing homes in the Dun Laoghaire area which offer Respite beds include Belmont House in Stillorgan, and also Newtown Park Nursing Home in Blackrock.