Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Respite Care

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3017

Definition

Respite care services are usually provided for functionally disabled or frail individuals in their homes, at a  day care center or by temporary placement in a nursing home or residential home. Respite care allows for occasional or systematic relief for the informal caregivers, often members of the family. Most respite care programs offer their services on a fee scale with hourly or daily rates. Depending on the type of respite care that is available in the community, services can range from several hours of care to several months. Some respite care programs aim at a specific disability or illness.

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