Respite care for you = better care for your loved one

Respite care allows family caregivers to rest and renew, to help support and maintain their well-being. Family caregivers face unique joys and challenges in their care for loved ones.

The Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC) helps connect family caregivers with respite resources and information. The CRC supports family caregivers caring for loved ones of all ages and all special healthcare needs. 

What is Respite care?

Who Is a Family Caregiver?

Respite care is usually defined as temporary relief for family caregivers from the ongoing responsibility of caring for an individual of any age with special needs. 

It is a break from caregiving for a loved one. Respite care typically involves bringing in care providers that can provide medical or companion care to the individual requiring care, so the caregiver can spend time independently of their loved one.

Family caregivers are any family member, friend, or neighbor that provides regular support to an individual of any age with any special health care needs. Individuals receiving care may have a variety of special health care needs, including disabilities, chronic conditions, aging challenges, mental and behavioral needs, and other health-related challenges. Anyone providing care in a foster, adoptive or kinship setting is also considered a family caregiver.

There are an estimated 584,000 family caregivers in the state of Colorado (AARP).

How Respite care helps

For the caregiver:

  • Reduces stress levels
  • Reduces caregiver burnout
  • Provides an opportunity to maintain own health
  • Helps establish additional support systems

For the care recipient:

  • Provides social engagement and a chance to experience new things
  • Delays or avoids costly out-of-home placements
  • Reduces ER visits and other serious health emergencies
  • Prevents abuse and neglect

For the family:

  • Bolsters family stability
  • Preserves marriages, family units
  • Allows families to stay involved in their communities

Types of Respite Care Types of Respite Providers

In-home - a care provider comes to the individual receiving care’s home. They may perform a number of care duties, for any range of time, including personal care, homemaker services, or skilled medical care. Care may be scheduled or emergency, and may be overnight.

Day program - caregiver drops off their loved one and picks them up at the end of the day. Some day programs are based in a facility with on-site activities, potentially including adaptive recreation and sports, while others take individuals out into the community or the outdoors.

Overnight and weekend - locations vary based on the needs and interests of the care recipient, but may include activity camps, overnight respite facilities, or short stays in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.

Respite agency - may be a for- or non-profit organization that offers various types of respite care.

Individual providers - an individual who provides respite care services independently of an agency or wider organization. Individuals can provide flexibility, but caregivers should they have adequate training and liability coverage.

Community organizations - local groups self-mobilize to offer respite or other caregiver resources for free or at a reduced rate to individuals in the community. Often these programs are based at community or recreation centers.

Faith-based - a number of faith organizations offer respite services. These may be affiliated with a particular community. These services are often run by volunteers.

Looking for Respite?

Use the Find Resources button and select "Respite Providers" to search for respite care providers across Colorado.  

Contact Us:

Colorado Respite Coalition
393 S Harlan St, Ste 108
Lakewood, CO 80226

303-233-1666 Phone
303-233-1028 Fax

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