Family Respite Services

Family Respite Services – A Much Needed Break

Caring for an individual with developmental disabilities can have severe emotional and physical effects.  It can often leave caregivers feeling depressed, burned out, tired and stressed. That’s where UCP’s Family Respite comes in. When caregivers need a break and a few hours to rest and renew their energy, UCP’s Family Respite Services can help.

The in-home program gives parents and caregivers the freedom to complete activities we often take for granted in our everyday lives:

  • Running errands
  • Taking care of household concerns
  • Spending time with other children in the family

It goes without saying that caregiving is a difficult job, but few know just how devastating the results can be when a family does not receive respite care.

What is Respite Care?

Simply put, Respite Care provides much needed relief from caregiving duties when you’re looking after a loved one who requires frequent supervision and care.

Facts about UCP Family Respite Care clients

  • We serve more than 1,650 clients
  • We provide 19,000 hours/month of respite service in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties
  • The average visit for a respite worker is 2.5 hours
  • Half of our respite families have a child under the age of 10 with a disability
  • 25% of our clients are single mothers
  • The majority of our clients are considered low- or middle-income
  • Family caregivers providing more than 36 hours of care per week are more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety.

* According to the National Family Caregivers Association

UCP’s Family Respite Care services provide a much needed mental break.

Questions?

To learn more about Family Respite Care, contact: Shannon Kemp, UCP’s Family Respite Manager (916) 779-6270 skemp@ucpsacto.org