Caregiving can sometimes be overwhelming – both physically and emotionally.

When caregivers need a break from caregiving, for whatever the reason - an emotional break, a physical break, family vacation, special occasion, or just because - Calcutta House can help by providing a brief “respite” for caregivers by admitting the patient for up to 5 days. At the conclusion of the 5-day stay, patients return to home hospice care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Respite Care NOT appropriate?

    Inpatient Respite Care is NOT appropriate if:

    • There is no identified caregiver.
    • Patient resides in a nursing facility or facility that provides 24/7 care.
    • There is no clear reason for caregiver relief.

    NOTE: Respite Care cannot substitute for nursing home placement when there is no Primary Caregiver available.

  • When is Respite Care appropriate?

    Respite Care is appropriate for a patient whose caregiver is in need of short-term caregiver relief, so there must be a caregiver involved in the patient’s care. It is at the discretion of the hospice provider to determine the merit of the caregiver’s need.

    Some examples include:
    • A caregiver whom is physically or emotionally exhausted from caring 24/7 for a patient and is in need of a break.
    • A caregiver would like to attend a family event, such as wedding, graduation; or has a work obligation or other personal matter with which to attend.
    • A caregiver whom is ill and is unable to care for the patient until recovery is complete.

    NOTE: If a caregiver is requesting frequent respite care, then a change in patient care environment may be warranted.

  • How often can Respite Care be provided?

    Respite Care can be provided once in a single billing period (30 days), or dependent upon extenuating circumstances.

  • What does short-term Respite care mean?

    Respite Care is short-term care, meaning that it can be provided for no more than 5 consecutive days at a time.

  • What is Respite Care?

    Respite Care is short-term inpatient care available to a patient when it becomes necessary to relieve a primary caregiver (family members, friends, or other persons) caring for the individual in a home setting. 

  • Where can respite care not be provided?

    Inpatient Respite Care cannot be provided in the following facilities:

    • Assisted Living (ALF) or residential care facility.
    • Patient’s private residence

  • Where can Respite Care be provided?

    Inpatient Respite Care can only be provided in the following facilities:

    • Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility, such as, Calcutta House
    • A contracted Medicare-certified hospital or skilled nursing facility

When the time comes to prioritize compassion, we’re here for you.

At our hospice, our unwavering commitment is to provide hospice services that not only offer respect and dignity to our patients but also extend a compassionate hand to the community. As a nonprofit organization, we go the extra mile by offering free services that other hospice providers simply cannot, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their financial means, receives the quality care and support they deserve during their most challenging times.

Our family of companies is wholeheartedly committed to supporting yours and are organized to provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the needs of caring for your loved ones.


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Our foundation is dedicated to securing essential resources that enable us to extend the reach of our services and uphold our commitment to providing exceptional, compassionate care. Its invaluable contributions bring numerous benefits, including the ability to offer free services, enhance the quality of care, and ensure that every patient, regardless of their financial situation, can experience the comfort and support they deserve during their end-of-life journey.

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