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What is Respite Care?

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Definitions of Respite Care:

Services that provide people with temporary relief from tasks associated with caregiving (eg, in-home assistance, short nursing home stays, adult day care).

A service in which trained professionals or volunteers come into the home to provide short-term care (from a few hours to a few days) for an older person to allow caregivers time away from their caregiving role. This term may also refer to temporary placement in a nursing home.


Why is Respite Care so Important:

Respite care is short term care that helps a family take a break from daily routine and stress of caring for a lovedone who can no long care for him or herself.

It can be provided in the client's home or in a variety of out of home settings. 

Respite care should be geared to individual family needs by identifying the type of respite needed and matching the need to the services currently available, or using this information to develop services where none exist.  Once identified, it is also important for families to have the access to respite that is afforable for them.

Some information on Why Respite Care is so Important was obtained from:  AutismPDD.NET

Who can provide Respite Care?

Respite care can be received from any of the following:

  • Paid staff, volunteers, family or friends
  • At home or a residential care center
  • Respite care can be for a portion of a day, for an evening, or overnight.
  • Respite care can be used occasionally or on a more regular basis.

Source:  www.alz.org