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Respite care

23 popular online and in-person caregiver support groups

Studies show that unpaid caregivers — of which there are an estimated 43.5 million in the U.S. alone — are at higher risk for physical injury, financial strain, and emotional duress caused by high stress levels. One of the keys to self-care and alleviating stress for caregivers is... more


How to guides

The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Your Care Options

What is respite care, why is it so important, and how can you access it? If you’re caring for a child with a disability, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Many people around you will assume that you’ll be your child’s sole caretaker around the clock! But you don’t... more


What is respite care?

When you’re caring for your aging parent or another elderly loved one, you may think you can do it all on your own. But for most people, juggling caregiving responsibilities with one’s own needs can eventually lead to major stress and burnout. This is where respite care comes in. Respite... more


How Do I Pay for Respite Care?

6 tips for finding funding for respite care costs when you need help looking after someone who is elderly or has disabilities or special needs.     We know the story. You're too busy to find respite care and you're pretty sure you can't afford it either... more


Adult day care: What it is and how to choose a center

The decision to seek outside care for a parent or grandparent is a deeply personal — and often difficult — one to make. Every family must weigh the pros and cons of different senior support services to determine what might work best for them. Adult day care centers (also referred... more


Help for Families with Special Needs

An interview with Louise Bruce about respite care.     A Second Pair of Hands Early on, Louise Bruce, a "doer," didn't see that having a child with special needs meant having obstacles, and so she kept "bulldozing" ahead, staying active as she always had been. At some point... more


5 ways to find an Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support group that suits you

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia can be a fulfilling experience, but it can also be extremely stressful and overwhelming. Take it from the title of the best-selling book on Alzheimer’s called The 36-Hour Day — one of the book’s authors was inspired to name it that after hearing a full-time... more


A Guide to Family Caregiver Resources

Do you care for a child with special needs, an elderly person, or someone else who needs regular attention? Here are organizations that can help. Caring for a loved one isn't easy, no matter whether it's a child with special needs or a senior family member. Though it's... more