Interesting item from Kaiser Health News.
Family caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care needs in the U.S., but many need time away from that job so they can continue
to care for their loved ones. Respite can provide short-term relief
through several options, including a paid home care worker or providing
temporary stays for patients at a residential care facility or adult day
care center. Some families pick up the cost of such care out-of-pocket,
but many must rely on state and community programs.
However, as states face tough budget decisions, such programs are increasingly on the chopping block.