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New Respite Program Offers Select Families Discounted Caregiver Relief

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:14 PM

San Diego County has put $1 million toward respite care for middle class family caregivers who look after family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  This is a new pilot program that offers caregivers one of three options: in home care, adult day care or short term assisted living at a fifty percent discount,

“The research finds that people don’t need a lot of respite hours, but when they get them, the chances that they’re going to call 911 when they just get overwhelmed go down, and the chances that they’re going to be able to keep caring for their loved one in their home, rather than putting them in very expensive residential care, goes up,” Susan DeMarois, California government affairs director for the Alzheimer’s Association, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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