Sometimes family caregivers need a break, whether it’s to run errands, take care of personal needs or go out of town. The Department of Veterans Affairs Respite Care program pays for short-term care so that family caregivers can have some time off. The program is for veterans who need help with activities of daily living. Respite Care can help lower the stress the veterans and their family caregivers may feel when managing a veteran’s short-term or long-term care needs at home.
Two options are available:
- Home Respite Care – A service that pays for a caregiver to come to a veteran’s home or for a veteran to go to an adult day health care program, and
- Nursing Home Respite Care – A service that pays for a veteran to go to a nursing home for a few days. Nursing home respite care is available for a maximum of 30 days each calendar year.