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Respite care services help to keep people at home longer, improve quality of life and reduce potential for early placement in long term care.

What is Respite Care?

A program that provides temporary care to individuals who are normally cared for at home by family/Home Care. It offers caregivers an opportunity to rest, tend to their own personal/medical needs, or go on a holiday.

Clients are admitted to a long term care facility for a prearranged number of days.

What Does Respite Care Cost?

The daily rate for respite care is based on the minimum daily rate paid by residents in long term care, providing for nursing care, accommodation, meals, and other support services. This rate is set by the Ministry of Health in the Program Guidelines for Special Care Homes and The Special Care Homes Rates Regulations, and reviewed and adjusted on a quarterly basis.

Clients are responsible for the cost of drugs, supplies, etc. required for the provision of care.

Individuals are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the facility in which you access Respite Care.

The full charge of the Respite stay is payable by cash or cheque on the day of admission to the facility.

How Do You Access Respite Care?

Please contact the Assessor Coordinator assigned to you, to discuss your needs and respite services.

Based on the outcome of that discussion, the Assessor Coordinator will present the request for Respite Care to the Program Access Committee, based on your care needs. If you are not receiving services at this time and are interested in accessing respite care, please contact the Primary Health Care Intake office at 766-7200 for additional information.

Program Access Committee (PAC) of the Saskatchewan Health Authority – Regina Area is responsible for reviewing all requests and determining approval for services, based on the program criteria.

When Can You Schedule Respite Care?

Respite Care will be scheduled to accommodate the caregiver, provided the space is available.

For special events (e.g. for a wedding), it is wise to schedule the desired time well in advance of the event.

Where is Respite Care Available?

Currently, there are three (3) long term care facilities in Regina that offer Respite Care.

Two facilities offer Respite Care to the majority of clients - William Booth Special Care Home and Santa Maria.

Respite Care at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre is provided to individuals with very complex care needs. Click below for facility contact information.

What Should You Bring With You?

  • All medications you are currently taking, prescribed medications, non-prescribed over the counter drugs, herbal preparation, etc. These medications will be assessed by the local care team at the Respite Facility and you can bring them home after meeting with the team. The pharmacy contracted by the facility will provide medications for this Respite stay.NOTE: All medications must be in the original medication containers OR blister packaging when brought into the Respite Care facility.
  • Clean changes of clothing for at least seven (7) days, plus night clothes. Identify all clothing with heat-resistant name tags or PERMANENT Marker.
  • Incontinence products (if you are using them at home)
  • Items such as dentures and eyeglasses (with your name engraved on them)
  • Personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, kleenex, deodorant, etc.)
  • Shoes and socks; slippers
  • Mobility aids if needed (walker, cane, wheelchair)
  • Oxygen supplies (if you are using oxygen at home)
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