Respite Care Programs support the stability of families that provide long-term care to individuals or family members with special needs.
- The primary purpose of the program must be child abuse and neglect prevention.
Respite Care Programs also reduce the following:
- Social isolation
- Stress-related health problems
- Likelihood of institutionalization of person with special needs
- Likelihood of divorce
(Source: FRIENDS National Resource Center)
Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:
- The family home
- A relative’s home
- A community setting
- A day care center
- Church respite programs