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Respite Care

Program/Service description

Respite care programs provide relief to primary caregivers, such as family members, who give care to someone in need. Respite care can be regularly-scheduled (for example, once a week) or can be given from time to time, as needed by the caregiver.

The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) makes available several types of respite programs in Delaware. Respite care is provided in various settings (such as in an individual's home or in a long-term care facility). The setting for a respite care program depends on the program's funding source.

Public funding source(s)*
  • State Funds
  • Older Americans Act (OAA)
  • Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)
Who is eligible

Delaware residents who are 60 years of age or older; persons under age 60 with dementia; or adults with physical disabilities aged 18 to 59. Some programs have medical and/or income eligibility requirements.

Where it is available Statewide
Who to contact for information or enrollment

Contact the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities by phone or e-mail.

Please note that respite care may also be provided through Adult Day Services and Alzheimer's Day Treatment programs.

Related internet links

See also these related pages on the DSAAPD web site:

*Public funding means that the program is paid for, in part or in whole, by the government. Some publicly-funded programs have eligibility requirements and provide services at low cost or no cost to people who qualify. Most of these programs and services though, are also available to people who are able to pay privately (with their own money). For more information, please see the Sources of Funding section of this web site.

Last Updated: Wednesday April 18 2012
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