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Types of Respite

There are many types of respite that are available both in the home and out.  It will be up to you to decide which best fits the needs and preferences of your loved one and yourself.  Below are a few models of respite to consider. 


In-home respite is provided in your own home.  Many families prefer this type of respite because of its many advantages including: home is already equipped for the recipient’s special needs, lower costs, no transportation required, etc.  

Examples of who can provide in-home respite: 

  • Family , friends, and neighbors: They are a great source of affordable and easily accessible respite. 
  • Homemaker services: Private homemaker services offer support with meal preparation, shopping, and light housekeeping.  
  • Volunteer or paid companionship: There are faith-based organizations and non-profit organizations that train and can assist with connecting you to a volunteer respite provider.  Paid companions are usually trained staff that can assist with short-term breaks. 
  • Personal care or home health agencies: Personal care agencies can assist your loved one with daily living skills such as bathing, feeding and toileting.  Home health agencies are able to address more specialized medical needs if your loved one requires it. 


Out-of-home respite is also appealing to many families as it can bring new opportunities for the loved ones they provide care for.  Being outside of their natural environment can provide emotional and cognitive stimulation for the recipient, and gives them a chance to socialize and get out.  Families can also benefit from this type of respite as they are free to enjoy time in their home without the constraints of providing constant care. 

  • Day Care CentersThese centers are usually designed for older adults who can no longer manage independently.  Many of these centers have planned enriching activities for your loved one to promote well-being in a safe environment.   
  • Residential respite care: There are a number of different organizations that fall into this category including: group homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and other specialized facilities.  Many of them are equipped to provide emergency and planned overnight services. 
  • Community Centers, Senior Centers and Camps: Community centers, senior centers and camps are a great source of respite for all ages.  Meanwhile you get a break, run errands or grocery shop; your loved one is engaged in educational and fun activities. 

Respite Funding 

Respite funding opportunities may be available to families through: 

  • Social Service Agencies (nonprofit organizations) 
  • Medicare 
  • Medicaid 
  • Veterans Administration 
  • Private Insurance 

The Nevada Care Connection Resource Centers can provide more information about different respite funding available in your area.