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Respite Care

Studies demonstrate that family caregivers typically put their care recipient’s needs above their own needs, often putting themselves at risk for health issues. Respite care from Carefirst can help provide some much needed time away for a caregiver to attend to his or her own needs. Check out some of the helpful resources below regarding caregiver respite.

Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource Web sites to find out more about supporting the family caregiver with respite care.

Family Caregiving 101
The National Alliance for Caregiving created this site to provide caregivers with tools, skills and information necessary to protect their own health while providing care for loved ones.

Help Guide: Understand Respite Care
Learn more about the different types of respite care.

The Importance of Respite for Family Caregivers
This article available on Caring.com provides advice and tips for utilizing respite care to reduce caregiver stress and avoid burnout.

“Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers”
This informative guide provides valuable tips for keeping healthy while delivering care to others.

Family Caregiving Statistics
Great statistics on family caregivers and family caregiving are provided by the Caregiver Action Network.

Achieving Emotional Distance from Overwhelming Caregiving Responsibilities
Learn a strategy to help a caregiver deal with feelings and be objective in providing daily care over the long term to a loved one. Note that this is a downloadable PDF.