Respite care involves providing temporary care for an older person so that the regular caregiver can have a break. In the United States, over half of states have respite programs. Programs may be provided in different settings:
In the home by respite care agencies or home health care agencies
In the community by adult day care centers Day Care for Older People Day care for older people may involve Treating a problem Maintaining the person's condition Providing social activities or mental health care (such as group therapy) People can go to day care... read more , respite care cooperatives, or freestanding respite facilities
In a long-term care facility (such as a board-and-care facility Board-and-Care Facilities Typically, board-and-care facilities are similar to assisted-living communities. They are for people who need some help, particularly with personal care. Board-and-care facilities, sometimes... read more or nursing home Nursing Homes Nursing homes are for people who need help with health care for chronic conditions but do not need to be hospitalized. The decision to move to a nursing home may be triggered by a change in... read more )
In a hospital
How long the respite care lasts may vary. Funds may come from Medicaid, grants, and private funds.
The following English-language resources 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