What is Respite Care?

Caring for an aging or disabled loved one is a demanding job. Without proper self-care, caregivers risk burnout and/or serious illness themselves. Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers enabling them to take a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving.

Types of Respite Care

Respite Care can be arranged for a specific occasion, or on a regular basis for just an afternoon, a few hours per week, or an extended vacation. Respite care can take place in the home by trusted family and friends or by paid caregivers. Alternatively, respite may be provided at an adult day care center, assisted living or nursing community, hospice facility, or other older adult program locations.

Paying for Respite

Private payment is the most common way to pay for Respite Care services. Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of Respite Care. Some Medicare Advantage plans provide for limited Respite Care. Medicaid may also may help through state programs.

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