Skip to main content
Caregiving

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center.

Older man with a cane walking with his caregiver from the grocery storeRespite Care Costs

Respite services charge by the hour or by the number of days or weeks that services are provided. Most insurance plans do not cover these costs. You must pay all costs not covered by insurance or other funding sources. Medicare will cover most of the cost of up to 5 days in a row of respite care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility for a person receiving hospice care. Medicaid also may offer assistance.

Learn more about paying for care.

For More Information About Respite Care

The ARCH National Respite Locator Service can help you find services in your community. In addition, the Well Spouse Association offers support to the wives, husbands, and partners of chronically ill or disabled people and has a nationwide listing of local support groups.

National Respite Locator Service
www.archrespite.org/respitelocator

Well Spouse Association
1-800-838-0879 (toll-free)
info@wellspouse.org
www.wellspouse.org

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
www.eldercare.gov

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
1-800-633-4227 (toll-free)
1-877-486-2048 (TTY/toll-free)
www.medicare.gov