There are many “respite care” services that are not covered by Medicare but could still help you take some time off from caregiving.
Many communities have services you can call to have someone come sit with your loved one for a few hours while you run errands. You can ask your Area Agency on Aging if there are affordable services in your area.
Adult day services (also known as adult day care) are another alternative. Different programs offer different services, but these facilities generally offer supervision, meals, the chance for your loved one to interact with other people, and perhaps some occupational therapy or medical attention. Medicare does not cover adult day services, but costs may be affordable.
To find adult day services, you can look in the phone book, call your Area Agency on Aging or contact the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA). The National Respite Network has an online Locator Service that can help you find respite services nationwide.
To access resources that can help you find adult day services, click on the links in the LINKS box.