Respite Care, Accepting a Break

There are times as a caregiver that you may need to take a short break or “respite” from providing physical care. Respite for caregivers is appropriate when you need to travel out of town or simply need a rest. The cost of respite care is an approved hospice benefit covered under Medicare, Medicaid and some other payment programs. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) is able to arrange for respite care in several approved long-term care communities in the Greater Greensboro area.

HPCG’s Role in Respite Care

HPCG is responsible for the coordination of your care needs while you are at a respite stay; however, medication, meals, bathing and dressing will be provided by the long-term care community. The HPCG care team will continue to visit you, just as they did in your home and are available 24 hours a day to respond to any questions you, your caregiver or the facility staff may have.

Preparing for Respite Care

  • Your medication will be administered by the facility staff. Bring your medicines in the original prescription bottles. They will be returned to you upon discharge.
  • Bring a bag for your dirty clothes. If you need laundry services, there is an additional fee.
  • All meals and snacks are provided by the facility. If you wish to bring any special snacks, please be sure they are in sealed containers.
  • On a piece of paper, make a note of how to reach your caregiver during your respite stay.
  • If you have a signed DNR form, bring it with you.
  • Check with the long-term care community for visiting hours specific for the community.
  • Your HPCG social worker will be glad to answer any questions you or your caregiver may have about respite care.

Talk to your HPCG social worker about respite care or contact us online here.