Paying for short-term or respite care

We offer 3 types of short-term support - reablement, enablement and respite care. Reablement and enablement are both initially free of charge.


Reablement is a type of short-term support to help you become as independent as possible. This could include support with personal care or preparing meals.

We will work with you to develop new ways of doing day-to-day tasks in your own home and to maintain these skills so that you can live as independently as possible.

The service will be free of charge for up to a maximum of 6 weeks. Your progress will be reviewed every week. You will need to complete a financial assessment if:

  • support lasts longer than 6 weeks
  • you achieve your goals before 6 weeks but still have care and support needs

Request a reablement assessment


Enablement support will help you to develop independent living skills, support you with employment and make strong, lasting relationships in your local community.

The aim is to improve your quality of life and let you lead a more independent life.

Support will normally last up to 12 weeks and will be free of charge. You will need to commit to reviewing your goals regularly with our team.

If it lasts longer than 12 weeks, or you achieve your goals before 12 weeks but need further support, you will need to complete a financial assessment as you may need to contribute.

Request an enablement assessment

Respite care

If you have a carer and receive care in your own home, then you, your carer or both may need a break. This is known as respite care or a carer's break.

You will need to complete a financial assessment as you may need to pay towards this.

Request a respite care assessment

Your carer is entitled to a carer's assessment. This is carried out by Northamptonshire Carers on our behalf.

Last updated 15 November 2022