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Respite Care

  • By: Yun-Hee Jeon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

With the increasing population of people over 65 years of age, escalating rates of chronic disease and disability, a continued emphasis on community-based care, and the economic ramifications of an ever-growing demand for health care services, the burden on family caregivers is increasing. While family caregivers can gain a great deal of satisfaction from their caring role, research is showing they have poorer health and quality of life than noncaregivers. Respite care is a generic term that entails a range of services designed to allow family caregivers temporary relief or time out from their ongoing care commitments, which may be provided on a planned regular basis or in emergencies. Respite care services help caregivers regain or maintain their physical and emotional health so that ...

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