Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
Respite Care Options
Respite is a word describing a short period of rest or relief from something difficult. Respite care provides caregivers with temporary rest from their care giving duties. Too often caregivers overwork themselves to the point where their own health or relationships begin to decline. Sometimes caregivers need a break too--and that is okay.
Taking the time to relax, and focusing on yourself or family and friends can be hard for some caregivers. Knowing that your loved one is in a safe and supportive environment during this break time makes your experience much better. Arranging respite care takes planning. Respite care is commonly offered through in-home care services, adult day services, and residential facilities. If your loved one is receiving hospice care, Medicare may cover respite care on a short-term basis.