Respite care is provision of temporary care by a substitute caregiver to provide relief to the regular caretaker. 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%).
Last full review/revision June 2009 by Mary Ann Anderson, PhD, RN