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Respite for Caregivers of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance

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Finding respite services for a child with challenging behavioral issues can be difficult for families. This fact sheet discusses the definition and characteristics of emotional disturbance, issues for families, program…

Siblings of Children with Special Health and Developmental Needs

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Discussion of the typical concerns of sisters and brothers and how to create programs that address their specific needs. Provides a checklist for organizations to assess their inclusion of sisters…

Respite for Individuals with Autism

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This issue brief provides a basic overview of useful information for respite providers who work with individuals and families affected by Autism. It is also meant to assist Lifespan Respite…

Respite Services to Support Grandfamilies

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Respite Services to Support Grandfamilies Many of the challenges facing grandfamilies who have become the primary caregivers for relative children are unique. This fact sheet, written by staff of the…

Nine Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease

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Caregivers of family members with dementia including Alzheimerā€™s disease (D/AD) may face special challenges. Sometimes, individuals with dementia or Alzheimerā€™s disease have unique physical, emotional and behavioral conditions that require…

Respite for Adoptive Families

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Respite, a short break for caregivers and their families, is an important support service for parents who have adopted a child. It is particularly important for families who adopt a…

Nine Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

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Are you a parent or family member providing support to a child or adult with an intellectual or developmental disability? You may engage in multiple roles in supporting the independence…

Respite for Family Caregivers of Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

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This fact sheet provides a basic overview of useful information for respite providers who work with individuals and families caring for someone with I/DD. It is also meant to assist…

Respite for Adults with Mental Health Disorders

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Because of the unique nature of their respite needs, this fact sheet focuses on respite for family caregivers of individuals with mental health issues who are between the ages of…

Nine Steps to Respite Care for Military and Veteran Caregivers

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Prepared for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation – Hidden Heroes and published here with their permission. Military and Veteran Caregivers may face special challenges. Sometimes, Veterans have unique physical, emotional and…

Respite for Rural Family Caregivers: Overcoming the Challenges

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Family caregivers living in rural and frontier areas face unique challenges to accessing supports, including respite, regardless of the age or condition of the care recipient. Family caregiving can be…

Respite for Families Caring for Children Who Are Medically Fragile

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Medically complex or medically fragile infants and children have numerous medicalĀ needs resulting from multiple chronic conditions, technology dependence, and/or complex medication treatments. This fact sheet is intended to provide a…