Emergency Respite: Help for Family Caregivers in Critical Times of Need

Fact Sheet from ARCH Technical Assistance Center for Lifespan Respite

Respite is defined as temporary relief for the family caregiver. It is most beneficial if used as early in the caregiving experience as possible and as frequently and regularly as resources will allow. However, there are circumstances when an emergency arises and respite is needed immediately. Emergency respite, also known as crisis care respite, is often needed when the caregiver experiences illness, job loss, death in the family, domestic violence, homelessness, or another emergency.

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