Research Article
Issue Date: February 1983
Published Online: February 01, 1983
Updated: April 30, 2020
Respite Care for Community Elderly
Author Affiliations
  • Betty Risteen Hasselkus, M.S., OTR, is a doctoral student in the Continuing and Vocational Education Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Margaret Brown, M.S., RN, GNP, is Geriatric Nurse Specialist, W m. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Features
Research Article   |   February 01, 1983
Respite Care for Community Elderly
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1983, Vol. 37, 83-88.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1983, Vol. 37, 83-88.
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Care of an elderly disabled relative is a responsibility that many families cannot bear on a continuous long-term basis. In this paper, the development of a respite care program is described that provides caregiver relief by offering short-term hospitalization for the elderly in the community. Associated therapeutic programming is discussed, including a pre-admission functional assessment and facilitation of normal, meaningful activity and functional skills during hospitalization. Descriptive data are provided to help define the functional status of elderly persons who request periodic respites. Respite care is a new health care option that may enable an older person to remain in the community and preclude the need for institutionalization.