What is respite?

Respite allows you to take time off while your loved one is in someone else’s care.  This break is essential to maintaining a balanced life. You’ll be a better caregiver when you have time to recharge.

The biggest benefits of receiving respite are time to rejuvenate, catch up on sleep, pursue a hobby, time to build relationships with family or spouse, time to attend events like sports, arts, or worship, or time to run errands.

Who needs respite?

Family caregivers are often singularly focused on caring for their care recipient.  Consequently, the needs of the caregiver are often an afterthought.

Adult Day Health Center Respite Scholarship Program

The Arizona Caregiver Coalition administers the Adult Day Health Center (ADHC) Respite Program for the Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services.  Qualified caregivers who complete the application process and meet the eligibility requirements are issued credit at a local, state-licensed adult day health program for $300 worth of respite services.

How can caregivers apply for the ADHC Respite Program?

Call the Caregiver Resource Line at 888-737-7494 to inquire about eligibility.  There will be a brief telephone intake and then an application will be mailed or emailed to you.  Upon receipt of the application, a Caregiver Advocate will call you for a 10 minute interview and discussion of the program.

 

How to locate in-home respite help

Unless your care recipient is enrolled in Medicaid, in-home respite care is typically procured on a private pay basis.

Local, non-medical homecare agencies can be found at Arizona In-Home Care Association — by searching for “members”.  For individualized assistance, leave a message at 602-283-3503 or email Info@AZNHA.org.

Large nonprofits, like Beatitudes and FSL, also offer non-medical homecare services at competitive rates.

Arizona does not require licensure, nor does it monitor non-medical homecare providers, so the quality of caregivers is at the discretion of the hiring individual/family/care provider agency.

 

To search for direct hire caregivers visit Care.com.  It is your responsibility if you hire an individual to check and confirm credentials, references, and criminal backgrounds. Additionally, it is important to ensure that all labor laws are followed, from payroll taxes, immigration, and workers compensation insurance.

Arizona Caregiver Coalition does not endorse or recommend any individual caregiver or homecare agency.