Respite Programs

Respite for Family Caregivers: An Environmental Scan of Publicly-funded Programs in Canada. Canadian Caregiver Coalition.

Although somewhat dated (published in 2003), this report is a useful overview of respite for family caregivers that is provided by publicly funded programs in Canada at the federal, provincial and territorial level. Several types of respite programs are examined (in-home, facility-based, day programs, and so on) from the perspective of the user profile, eligibility criteria, cost to user, level of demand and special features, if any. The information in this report is intended to be a resource for federal, provincial and territorial officials and others dealing with respite issues.


Caregivers and Dementia. Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

The purpose of the study was to identify the needs of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. More specifically, this work focuses upon the availability and quality of respite for caregivers and the supports currently in place to provide relief from their ongoing caregiving responsibilities. The paper puts forward a range of policy and program recommendations in response to these identified needs.

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