We routinely talk to families about their care options for respite and help them tailor a plan for respite, and refer to other agencies as needed if they are not eligible for our respite program.
We help point people in the right directions to find respite resources that fit their needs.
We provide information about respite to families and professionals, strive to increase awareness among family caregivers of the necessity and benefits of regular time off from caregiving duties, and offer training to a variety of audiences upon request.
- Benefits of A Break
- How to Select, Hire and Train a Respite Care Provider
- Circles of Support
- Starting Respite Programs in Faith Communities
Advocacy and Awareness-Raising
We advocate for legislation and policies which support state and local respite programs. Annually, we host Respite Awareness Day in February at the State House to educate legislators about respite, and invite family caregivers, care receivers, and professionals to discuss the needs of families and share their stories.
We continue to build a network among providers and human service organizations to maximize respite services, raise awareness of caregiver needs, and promote the benefits of a break. We do this through our three regional advisory councils and the state committee on respite, which drives the work of our state respite plan.