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Respite care is a short break or rest for family caregivers.  


The Expert Panel on Respite Research defines respite care for family caregivers as planned or emergency services that provide a caregiver of a child or adult with a special need some time away from caregiver responsibilities for that child or adult, and which result in some measurable improvement in the well-being of the caregiver, the care receiver, and/or family system.

Respite Care may be provided in your home, or could be in a group setting. Respite care can be paid for by the caregiver or unpaid, provided by volunteers, family members, trusted friends and neighbors, or other caregivers.  


A respite care provider is an individual or an organization that provides in-home or out-of-home care to an individual with special needs, giving temporary relief to their primary caregivers.

Types of respite care providers include:

•    For-Profit - The care provider offers services with the intent to make a profit. For-profit providers may accept Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. These providers may include home health agencies, nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities.

•    Faith-Based - The care provider is affiliated with particular religion. Often, services are provided free-of-charge or at a significantly reduced rate. Care providers are often trained volunteers. These providers may include congregational caregiving cooperatives.

•    Community-Based - The care provider is a non-profit organization providing community services. Services are often provided free-of-charge or at a significantly reduced rate. These providers may include community centers or after-school programs.

•   Volunteer-Based - The care provider is not affiliated with a faith-based or community-sponsored organization. Services are often provided free-of-charge or for a nominal fee. These providers may include organizations developed by caregiver groups or local chapters of national organizations.

•    Government - The care provider is provided through a governmental agency, either on a regional, state, or national basis. Services are often provided free-of-charge or at a significantly reduced rate. Eligibility requirements may apply.

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