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What Is respite care ?

Respite care is temporary relief or “intermittent Breaks” for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses, or the elderly. The CARING NETWORK respite care registry provides families and caregivers with relief from the ongoing demands of providing care for their child with special needs. This break allows them the opportunity to rejuvenate themselves and provide the quality of care all of our loved ones deserve. Respite care is a critical way communities can provide relief for those caring for others, and to assist them in keeping the family unit intact.

The value of respite cannot be overstated. It reduces stress in families, prevents costly out-of-home placements, and prevents child/elder abuse and neglect. Respite care also serves to enhance the families’ coping abilities, increases caregiver physical and mental well-being, and provides the caregiver with an opportunity for social activities and community involvement. The CARING NETWORK respite care registry addresses the needs of families who just cannot find anyone in their community willing to “give them a break”.