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Accessing Respite Care for Persons With a Disability

Published:August 17, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.05.010
      Respite care is a service that provides temporary care relief for family caregivers of persons with a disability. Planned breaks from care are an important way for caregivers to reduce stress and be more attentive to their own personal needs.
      National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine
      Families caring for an aging America.
      AARPNational Alliance for Caregiving
      Caregiving in the US.
      Unfortunately, respite is often underused by caregivers because they have concerns about how the services will effectively meet the needs of their loved one.
      • Stirling C.M.
      • Dwan C.A.
      • McKenzie A.R.
      Why carers use adult day respite: a mixed method case study.
      However, the well-prepared caregiver is familiar with respite service providers within their community and understands the respite benefit provided by the care recipient's insurance.
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      References

        • National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine
        Families caring for an aging America.
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        Why carers use adult day respite: a mixed method case study.
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