Provides time off from caregiving duties while someone else cares for your family or friend.

Respite care provides caregivers with a short period of rest and relief from the emotional and physical demands of caregiving duties while someone else cares for your family or friend. Overnight respite is 24-hour care in a long-term care home or assisted living setting.

Respite care is one of the many Home Health services we offer.

What services are offered?

Your Home Health care provider will give the respite care provider current information about your loved one’s care needs. Respite care providers offer:

  • a safe and secure environment
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • help and support with personal care
  • nutritious meals
  • recreation and activity programs
  • personal laundry services
  • hair dresser*
  • foot care*

*Additional fees may apply.



In response to COVID-19, only essential respite services will be provided effective March 20, 2020. Existing bookings for overnight respite will be reviewed for the upcoming 30 days and will be cancelled if there is no imminent risk for the client or caregiver. Please direct questions to your Home Health clinician or Home Health Service line.

You can access this service through your Home Health care provider. Learn more about accessing this service.

To receive Home Health services you must:

  • Be a resident of British Columbia
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status (Landed immigrant or on a Minister’s permit approved by the Ministry of Health Services)

If you have already activated overnight respite services through your Home Health care provider you may view availabilities and request bookings through our online booking system BookABreak.


Respite services costs are based on an annual set rate. Learn about the current rate through your Home Health care provider. There might be added costs for some medications and services.