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

The special needs respite care guide: Your care options

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 have to be, and in fact, it’s better if you aren’t. If it takes a... 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

How to Find Respite Care Jobs

Learn what makes a good respite care provider and how to become one.Could a respite care job be in your future?Not sure what that means? Read up on What Is Respite Care? »This type of job might be tough and demanding, but if you have compassion and empathy... 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