43.5 million caregivers take care of an older adult an average of 20 hours a week, and need regular breaks from their caregiving.This break is called respite.
Respite Programs offer a temporary break that provides relief for a family member, partner or other person regularly caring for an older adult. Respite can range from a few hours, to a full day, or a week or more, depending on the needs and resources of the family. Boulder County Area Agency on Aging partners with local senior services from the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville to offer the following two respite programs.
Respite and Companion Volunteer Program- Screened and trained volunteers are matched to provide one-on-one companionship with an older adult who is experiencing isolation or compromised health, thereby providing a break for caregivers. Volunteers visit two hours once a week and focus on companionship; they do not provide hands-on care.
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Respite Assistance Program- This is financial assistance for respite services to family caregivers of older adults in Boulder County. Grants are awarded and may be used in the home to reimburse a relative, friend, neighbor or professional care providers, at an adult day program, or in a long term care facility for a limited stay.
For more information Contact your local senior services agency if you live in the cities of
* If you live in the mountains or unincorporated Niwot area, contact the ADRC Resource Helpline at 303-441-1617.
Please be sure to visit the Boulder County website to find even more great resources https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/seniors/services/caregiver/