Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging


Do you need respite? Is it difficult to go to the grocery, or go to the beauty shop? Then respite help might be the answer.

Respite service (in-home or Adult Day Service) to help alleviate caregiver stress is available.

What is the Family Caregiver Support Respite Program?

The Family Caregiver Respite Program is available to caregivers in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot counties who are caring for an older person living in one of these counties.

The purpose of the program is to provide respite (relief) to family caregivers to give them time away for other family or personal activities. Caregivers may be of any age or income, do not have to be immediate family members, and are not required to live in the same household with the older person.

There are no charges for screening, assessment, care management or home care services, but caregivers are offered an opportunity to contribute to the program's support so more older persons and their caregivers can be served.

Family Caregiver Respite Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Caregiver provides care to a frail or functionally impaired person age 60 or older.
  2. Caregiver needs respite service.
  3. Older person lives in a non-institutional setting in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca or Wyandot County.

Special priority is given to applicants who have the highest level of impairment or have the lowest income.

Family Caregiver Respite Home Care Services

All services are intended to provide respite for caregivers. Available services include:

  • Adult Day Service is an out of home program of structured activities in a group setting. Transportation (if necessary) can be provided.
  • Counseling is a professional service to provide individually tailored education and ongoing support to caregivers.
  • In-Home Respite Care includes assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting) and homemaking tasks.

For further information, call the Area Agency on Aging at: (419) 524-4144 or (800) 860-5799.