What are the Benefits of Respite Care?

Respite care allows loved ones to remain in the home and is therefore a cost-effective way to prevent or delay more expensive out-of-home or institutional placements.

Providing respite care makes sense because it:

  • Reduces family stress
  • Reduces the risk of abuse and neglect
  • Enhances family coping abilities
  • Increases feelings of well-being
  • Allows families to stay involved in their communities, helping them identify and establish additional support systems
  • Increases opportunities for social activities and family interactions
  • Improves attitudes toward the individual with the special need or circumstance
  • Strengthens the family‚Äôs ability to care for their loved one at home
  • Saves public funds by reducing residential, hospital and other costly out-of-home placements

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