Family caregivers play a critical role in supporting individuals who need long-term services and supports. Respite provides an opportunity for family caregivers of individuals with a disability, chronic health care condition or for those who are aging, to take a much needed break to care for themselves. Research supports that when family caregivers make time for themselves, they are better caregivers and continue in the caregiving role.
In Nebraska, respite is available from a wide variety of resources. It can be provided through paid providers working for community agencies, volunteers, or families can identify their own paid or volunteer providers, including friends and family.
By working together across agency lines, faith-based organizations, funding streams, and disability populations, we can address obstacles that challenge family caregivers.