Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities Respite Care Referral Program  

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(Archived) Operating since 1986 in Glen Burnie, MD, this program provides a lower-cost alternative to out-of-home care that allows frail older adults, and adults with disabilities, to remain in their homes. The Respite Care Referral Program maintains a registry of self-employed caregivers who have been screened and have received training through the Department of Aging and Disabilities. After a telephone consultation and intake, clients and their families looking for assistance with meal preparation, shopping, transportation to doctors’ appointments, bathing, and other daily activities are provided with names and phone numbers of registry members who will provide personal and supportive in-home services, and who assume responsibility for the health, safety, and mental well-being of their clients and are alert to changes in the client’s status that may require further intervention of health professionals. Seventy-five percent of the respite care workers using the Respite Care Referral Program renew enrollment each year.  Website