Family Caregivers

Caring for an Adult with a Disability


Taking care of an adult with a disability as a family caregiver is a challenge. Maybe you are a parent and you’ve been committed to giving your child the best possible life throughout childhood. The transition into adulthood comes with its own unique challenges. Or, maybe you are caring for your sibling, spouse, or another close family member. One of the challenges with this type of care is figuring out how you will sustain yourself during this chapter. 

The Colorado Respite Coalition offers programs and resources for you and your loved one to get a break from one another and some much needed rest. You have made a lifelong commitment to caring for your loved one. Give yourself some time back as they navigate adulthood with respite care.

Respite care is worth it. 

Taking care of a loved one isn’t easy. You may feel like you are responsible for everything in your loved one’s life, but you don’t have to do it all on your own. Taking a break is essential. You are capable of stepping back from the day-to-day and experiencing the many benefits of respite care.

FAQ for parents and caregivers of adults with disabilities:

Respite care provides temporary relief for family caregivers from the ongoing responsibility of caring for an adult with a disability. Respite care typically involves bringing a care provider who can provide medical or companion care into the home, or taking your loved one to a day-long or overnight program at a facility with on-site support and activities for people with disabilities.

Respite care gives you a break for a few hours or even a few days so that you can renew energy, reduce stress, and prevent burnout. Respite care can also help caregivers maintain stability in times of crisis.

Yes! Respite comes with many benefits:

  • Renewing your energy
  • Reducing your stress and preventing burnout
  • Giving you peace of mind
  • Giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests
  • Improving your capacity to cope with the day-to-day
  • Helping you maintain stability in times of crisis
  • Strengthening your relationship with the person you are caring for

Colorado Respite Coalition helps you tap into existing resources in your community so you can take a rest and come back refreshed and ready to be the best caregiver you can be.

Colorado Respite Coalition has numerous additional resources for family caregivers who want more information and education. We offer several initiatives that work directly with caregivers to help them become even better caregivers (and get better at taking a break!), including webinars and toolkits, training opportunities with partner organizations, and lunch and learns.

To find respite providers and programs so you can take a break, visit our Online Resource Finder.  

Learn more about compensation for caregiving and vouchers for respite care.

Supportive programs for family caregivers of an adult with a disability

We can connect you with several programs and institutions that provide respite services and resources for caregivers of adults, including:

Not sure where to start? 

Contact us to get one-on-one support tailored to your family’s needs.

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