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Respite Care and Caregiver Support

Respite care is the provision of short-term relief to allow the family member who is primarily responsible for a disabled or elderly person’s long-term care needs to rest. Some respite care involves professional caregivers coming to the home. Respite care is also provided in certain adult day care facilities on a daily basis, nursing facilities, and hospice care facilities for overnight care.

DC Office on Aging supports the caregivers of DC seniors by providing caregiver education, spring cleaning and reimbursement for caregiving expenses. No contribution or fee is suggested, except for the spring cleaning portion; a billing statement is not sent but an envelope is left with the client if they wish to send a contribution. DC Office on Aging also works with the DC Caregiver Institute to advocate for, implement training, education, research and services for caregivers of DC seniors. This service is free of charge to DC residents. For more information on caregiver support and respite care, please contact the ADRC at (202) 724-5626.

AARP’s Caregiving and Long-Term Care Resources

The AARP Caregiving Resource Center has tools, information, and experts on video that deal with many of the issues faced by caregivers each day. Whether you’re caring for someone in your own home or helping someone living miles away, the Caregiver’s Resource Center gives easy-to-read tips on providing care at home, hiring help, choosing an alternative living arrangement, and much more. You can also join the AARP Caregiver's Online Community Group to exchange insights and information.

For terminally ill patients who are getting covered hospice care, Medicare covers respite care for up to five days. Room and board are covered under this benefit for inpatient respite care and during short-term hospital stays.

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