February 7th, 2023
For family caregivers, getting some time to themselves to rest and recharge is crucial—but it can also be difficult. There can be barriers, including cost and getting your loved one to accept care delivered by someone other than you.
Knowing what kinds of respite care are available—and where to find that care—can be an important first step. We’ve created a quick roundup of respite care options to help you understand what might work for you. We’ve included pros, cons and some helpful tips. Make sure to read to the end for some ways to make respite care more affordable.
Many home care agencies offer respite care. You’ll work with the home care agency to develop a plan of care and a regular schedule. In addition to providing companionship and hands-on care, many home care agencies will often do light housekeeping while they’re there.
• Pros: Agency care staff are typically drug tested, have passed a background check, and are bonded and insured.
• Cons: Cost can be high. Most home care agencies require a minimum number of hours per visit, which can impact the cost.
•Helpful Tip: Read the article in our Connect Information and Resource Guide for tips on what to look for when hiring a home care agency.
Some individuals provide care for older adults and adults with disabilities. You could connect with them using a website like care.com, or ask for recommendations from friends, neighbors or people at your house of worship.
Friends and family can be a great resource, and most are more willing to help than we realize. Make sure you say yes to any offers of help. Be ready with a specific request when people ask: “Yes! I would love to go to book club on Wednesday evening, do you think you could sit with Joe?”
Adult day centers can be a godsend for family caregivers. Centers provide care following a set schedule each week. Care is often focused on people with dementia, and centers provide meaningful activities (think music, games and socializing). It can improve the quality of life for both you and your loved one. Call a center near you to discuss your loved one’s needs and whether they’d be a good fit for the program. See our Caregiver Resources page for a list of adult day programs in our region.
We help fund volunteer caregiver programs that provide occasional respite care for a few hours. Programs available through:
Some licensed care facilities (nursing homes, adult foster care or homes for the aged) can provide temporary, overnight, out-of-home care at their facilities. This can be especially helpful for a caregiver who needs to go out of town, has to be off their feet for a while because of surgery or other medical care, or would just like to take a vacation or an extended break. Call our Information and Assistance Resource Center, at 800-852-7795, to find a facility that offers this type of care.
Here are some ideas, programs and resources that might make respite care more accessible and affordable:
Some organizations offer grants to help pay for respite care. These grants are usually offered by organizations that serve specific conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease. Here are two:
AgeWays manages two government-funded in-home care programs that could include respite care resources. To see if you qualify for either program, call our Information and Assistance Resource Center at 800-852-7795. There are currently waitlists for both programs.
If your loved one is a veteran who served during wartime, they may be eligible for an Aid and Attendance pension, which can help pay for care, including respite care delivered at home or in an adult day center. There are financial eligibility guidelines. Spouses of veterans and surviving spouses of veterans may also qualify.
To find more respite care resources, look on our online Caregiver Resource List or call our Resource Center at 800-852-7795.