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CARE Delaware Respite Care Service

Do you need a break from your caregiving responsibilities? Would you like to find the time to . . .

  • Participate in a leisure activity?
  • Address your own health care needs?
  • Attend a support group meeting?

CARE Delaware offers you, the principal caregiver, a break from the demands of providing on-going care.

What is respite care and what is available through CARE Delaware?

Respite Care is a service that gives families and other caregivers’ temporary relief from providing care for frail older adults. This service offers the principal caregiver a break from the demands of ongoing care and can be provided in the absence of a caregiver or while the caregiver remains in the home. Respite care service can be provided in a number of ways, and the type and extent of care may vary dependent upon circumstances. Respite care can be provided in the home by a licensed professional or trained companion or in an adult day care program. Respite care may be provided for caregivers who reside outside of Delaware, if they are the principal caregiver of a frail, older Delawarean.

Who is eligible?

A family member or other individual is eligible if they provide on-going care to an older Delawarean who is 60 years of age or older, or under age 60 with a medical diagnosis of an early onset dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease).  On-going care includes providing or arranging for personal care, other activities of daily living (bathing, feeding, dressing, transferring) as well as assisting with shopping, meal preparation, bill paying, housekeeping, etc. The caregiver is not required to live with the frail older person, but should be providing substantial, hands-on care on an almost daily basis.

Is there a charge for this service?

There is no charge, but participants are encouraged to make voluntarily contributions to help expand available services.

Who do I call to obtain any of these services?

Different providers offer different types of respite services. For example, an adult day center provides respite at a central location whereas a home care agency provides the service in the home. Call any of the agencies listed below to determine what service they can provide.

Addus HealthCare, Inc.
New Castle County
(302) 995-9010
Kent and Sussex Counties
(302) 424-4842

Beebe Medical Center
Gull House Adult Day Center
Sussex County (Rehoboth)
(302) 226 2160

Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association
Evergreen Center
Alzheimer's Adult Day Respite
New Castle County
Kent/Sussex Counties

Elwyn Delaware
Senior Reflections Adult Day Center
New Castle County (Wilmington)
(302) 657-5609

Maxim Healthcare Services
New Castle County
(302) 478-3434
Kent and Sussex Counties
302) 734-9040

Modern Maturity Center
Day Break Adult Day Center

Kent County (Dover)
(302) 734-1200 ext. 155

Where can I get more information?

For more information about respite care services funded by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and for links to other respite information, please see the main Respite Care page of this web site. If you still can't find what you are looking for, please contact DSAAPD .

Last Updated: Wednesday October 10 2012
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