We're going through Hospice for respite care for my Dad. While speaking with a care facility regarding admitting him for a move there for a couple of weeks, to see how he would respond in case we wanted to make it a permanent move, I was told that Hospice will provide up to 5 days of respite care and that Medicare pays. Once we get everything finalized the Hospice folks will tend to him at home for several days, then he'll go to the care facility, in which Hospice will care for him along with the facility staff. If we decide to place him there permanently after this five days, we won't have to go through any more paperwork, etc. It will just convert to a private pay situation. Has anyone else had any experience with Hospice respite? I was surprised this was available, as Dad isn't bedridden yet and not near the end of life.