Family caregivers play a key role in delaying and possibly preventing institutionalization of chronically ill older people. However, depending on the home situation and the needs of the older person, providing home care for a substantial period of time can be psychologically and physically demanding.
Respite care is provision of temporary care by a substitute caregiver to provide relief to the regular caregiver. Over 50% of US states have respite programs. Programs may be provided in different settings:
In the home by respite care agencies or by home health care agencies
In the community by adult day care centers, respite care cooperatives, or freestanding respite facilities
In a long-term care facility (eg, by board-and-care facilities or nursing homes)
In a hospital
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%).
(See also Overview of Geriatric Care Overview of Geriatric Care Every 4 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updates its strategic plan and defines its mission and goals. The HHS strategic plan for 2022 to 2026 includes the following... read more .)
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