Respite care allows your caregiver to rest while you temporarily stay in a hospital or other facility. Medicare only covers respite care under the hospice benefit.

If you are not eligible for Medicare-covered respite care, you may want to consider other options, such as the following:

  • An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) may be able to connect you with services in your area.
  • Adult day service organizations (also known as adult day care) generally offer supervision and meals during the day.
  • Respite care organizations in your area may provide services at low or reduced costs.

You can also contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for assistance and counseling.