What is Respite Care?
It is a lifeline of support for the family/primary caregiver of a person with a developmental delay or behavioral problems, and adults with an intellectual disability or cognitive loss in order to support and maintain the primary caregiving relationship. Respite care is defined as planned or emergency temporary care provided to caregivers of a child or adult. Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers of children and also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care.
Benefits of Respite Care
Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Respite provides a break for the family caregiver, which may prove beneficial to their health. Sixty percent of family caregivers age 19 to 64 recently surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund reported fair or poor health, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers.
Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellness, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect. We refer to this as caregiver burnout. Respite may also reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages, as it offers the primary caregiver a break and additional support for their loved one.
Our care team will work with you to determine your care goals, and your loved ones specific care needs to determine which professional care provider(s) on our team would make a good match to help with your loved ones individualized home care.
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We are Licensed and Insured in the states of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We provide services in the following areas:
Washington County, Frederick County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George's County
Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Bedford County, Blair County, Centre County
Jefferson County, Berkeley County, Morgan County
16731 Longstreet Dr. Williamsport, MD 21795
Regular Office hours are 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Visits are by appointment only.