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.
The challenge of caring for a family member who is elderly, chronically ill or who has disabilities is a difficult reality for many Montgomery County families. Caregiving is a demanding job and caregivers need occasional breaks so they can return to their duties refreshed. These breaks are called "respite."
Respite care allows family members and other unpaid, live-in caregivers to take a break from their regular chores and routines, so they can take care of their own needs, meet the needs of their family, or simply enjoy a few hours "off-duty."
Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved one at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the primary caregiver can be overwhelming. Respite care has been shown to help avoid or delay out-of-home placements, improve long-term family stability, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect. It's vital to the well-being of caregivers!
Respite services are available to caregivers who support:
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 a few hours, a day, a weekend, or sometimes longer. However, respite care is always short-term and is not a substitute for ongoing care or alternative child care. Respite care is usually limited to 10 hours per day, and can be used in many locations, including the family home, community and recreational programs, camps, senior day programs and approved respite facilities. Family orientation sessions which outline respite care services, respite program limitations, and how to complete an application are scheduled upon request.
PLEASE NOTE: On holidays when the office is closed, documents may be placed in the black lockbox located to the right of the office entrance. Please check our calendar for holiday closures.