Why Respite Care is So Important

There are an estimated 16.8 million unpaid caregivers who provide care to a child with special needs under the age of 18 in the U.S, according to a 2009 study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. [1] On average, caregivers of children with special needs spend 29.7 hours per week providing care, helping their child with such things as feeding, bathing, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, and getting in and out of bed. [1] The study found that those caring for children are more likely than caregivers of adults to seek out information about their own well-being including searching for information on stress management, family-work balance, and time for the self. [1] In additi

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