Here are some resources for locating respite services:
2-1-1 Long Island (www.211long island.org; Help Line: 1-888-774-7633). This free information and referral service that connects Long Island residents to a wide array of health and human services, including dozens of respite services (search for caregiving).
RSVP 516-496-7550). The Nassau County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Respite and Friendly visiting program. The program places volunteers over age 55 in community-based settings where they address issues such as social isolation for homebound seniors.
The Nassau County Office for the Aging (Help Line: 516-227-8900) has a list of respite care services on its Nassau*NYConnects website (Go to www.nassaucountyny.gov/PublicCRD, click Category, then Consumer and Caregiver Supports, then Respite Care).
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (www.caregiver.va.gov; Toll-free 1-855-260-3274). Through the Caregiver Support Program, local Caregiver Support Coordinators can provide up to 30 days of respite care per year for caregivers. The care can be offered in a variety of settings including at your home or through temporary placement of a VA community living center, a VA-contracted community residential care facility, or an adult day health care center. Respite care may also be provided in response to a family caregiver's unexpected hospitalization, a need to go out of town, or a family emergency.
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center (https://archrespite.org). The ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) Network advocates for quality respite and crisis care programs across the country. Its National Respite Locator provides a state-by-state directory to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in or near their community.
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