A collaboration between The Arc Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Caring for an individual with disabilities or a frail senior citizen
can be exhausting.
Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming. These caregivers need physical breaks to tend to their own needs and to care for their spouses and children. They also need emotional breaks so they can return to their caregiving duties rested and refreshed.
Respite care is temporary relief for families and other unpaid, live-in caregivers in order to support and maintain the primary caregiving relationship. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well-being, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, improve long-term family stability, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect.
Respite Services of Montgomery County can provide short-term physical and emotional relief to families caring for:
Frail senior citizens
Adults and children with functional disabilities (limited activities of daily living which require ongoing support like cancer, MS, traumatic brain injury, advanced diabetes)
Children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Children with challenging behaviors
Respite care can be provided for an hour, a day, and sometimes longer. However, respite hours are always limited to short-term situations and are not a substitute for ongoing care.
Respite care cannot: • be used as a substitute for CSLA hours or in the same day as CSLA hours
• be used as alternative child care
• be used by individuals who receive residential services from DDA
• be used for ongoing care.
Family orientation sessons will be held monthly to assist families with the application process and to answer any questions. Please check our Calendar page for details.