Family caregivers play a key role in delaying and possibly preventing institutionalization of chronically ill older people. However, depending on the home situation and the needs of the older person, providing home care for a substantial period of time can be psychologically and physically demanding.
Respite care is provision of temporary care by a substitute caregiver to provide relief to the regular caregiver. Over 50% of US states have respite programs. Programs may be provided in different settings:
Duration of care may vary (eg, limited to 28 days in a calendar year).
Support comes from Medicaid (almost 50%), grants (25%), and private funds (25%).
(See also Overview of Geriatric Care.)
The following are some English-language resources that may be useful. Please note that THE MANUAL is not responsible for the content of these resources.
American Association of Retired People Persons (AARP): Provides resources and information for family caregivers
National Institute on Aging (NIA): Information for caregivers on respite care services and costs