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Respite care

A caregiver is a family member, partner, friend, or neighbor who helps care for an older individual or a person with a disability who lives at home. Many seniors and persons with disabilities receive help from family, neighbors, or friends in performing activities of daily living or in maintaining their functioning. However, caregiving can take a toll on the caregiver without a way to have a temporary break or support from others. Respite provides the much needed temporary break from the challenges faced by an unpaid caregiver. Respite care is usually provided on a temporary basis to allow a primary caregiver, often a family member, relief from caregiving for a period of time.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) Office of Adult Services oversees the Respite Care Program, which provides financial assistance to pay for short‐term periodic care to individuals with developmental or functional disabilities. Its purpose is to provide a period of rest and renewal to family caregivers while also providing benefit to the care recipients. It is the responsibility of the family caregiver to identify someone to provide the care. The Respite Care Program is funded by the DHR, but contracts to agencies throughout the State of Maryland to administer the program. Click here to find the respite care programs and contact information for your area.

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is a program of the US Administration on Aging. Its mission is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs and to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities. Their publication ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers contains information on respite care and adult day care services.

The National Family Caregiver Support Program is administered by the Maryland Department of Aging and provides support to caregivers caring for someone older than age 60 and grandparents and other relatives over the age of 55 who are caring for adult children with disabilities. Assistance includes information and referral, education, training, respite care and supplemental services. For more information, contact your local Maryland Access Point office or call 1‐844‐MAP‐LINK, TTY #711.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) Office of Adult Services offers many services to promote living at home. The In-Home Aide Program provides assistance with personal care such as dressing and bathing, in-home chores, and other activities of daily living. For more information about this program, click here

The DHR Constituent Services Unit operates a hotline that provides information and assistance about services and programs in the state of Maryland. The phone number is 1-800-332-6347. For TTY, dial the Maryland Relay Service: 1-800-735-2258. Requests for information from DHR can also be made online at the following link:


The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. It is a service to connect older adults and their families with trusted local support resources, including help with meals, home care, transportation, respite care and caregiver training. Locate services on the website: or contact staff 1-800-677-1116.

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