Respite care is 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 care givers of children with a developmental delay, children with behavioral problems, adults with an intellectual disability, and adults with cognitive loss in order to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship.
Respite has shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well being.
It avoids or delays out-of-home placements.
It reduces the likelyhood of abuse and neglect.
Assiting the family members to enable a person with development disabilities to stay at home.
Providing appropriate care and supervision to protect that person's safety.
Relieving family members from the constantly demanding responsibility of providing care.