Respite and Caregiving

American Association of Retired People (AARP)

Website: AARP
: 601 E Street N.W.,  Washington, DC 20049

Contact: Between 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET – Monday through Friday
Toll-Free Nationwide: 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277)
Toll-Free TTY: 1-877-434-7598
Toll-Free Spanish: 1-877-MAS-DE50 (1-877-627-3350)

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

Providing information and support to people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the general public. The Helpline can also give you referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support.
Website: Alzheimer’s Association Helpline
Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-272-3900 or TDD 1-866-403-3073.

Caregiver Guide to Special Needs Care –

Helping to find the right care for your specific needs.
Link: Caregiver Guide to Special Needs Care

Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network

Serving care givers of children with special needs and disabilities as well as adults with special needs disabilities or conditions associated with aging. Talk with a specialist who can help you find care and determine if you are eligible for help to pay for it.
Website: Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network
Link: Contact Information

Link: Relative Respite – A program designed specifically for grandparents or other relatives who are providing care to a child under the age of 18. Small grants are available to help fund respite care.

Delaware Respite Services – Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS)

Providing respite services designed to give care givers a break from the stresses of supporting someone with intensive needs.
Website: DE Division of Developmental Services
Link: DDDS Respite Services
Link: Contact Information
24-Hour Toll Free Contact Number: (866) 552-5758

Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Providing programs and activities on behalf of older persons and adults with physical disabilities.
Phone: 1-800-223-9074 – TDD only (302) 391-3505 or (302) 424-7141
Website: DE Div. of Services for Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities
Link: Contact Information

Disability Etiquette

Resources on how to interact with people who have disabilities.
Link: Easter Seals Disability Etiquette
Link: United Spinal Association Disability Etiquette

Discharge Planning Checklist

A checklist for patients and their caregivers preparing to leave a hospital, nursing home, or other health care setting.
Link: Your Discharge Planning Checklist

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor and Respite Programs

Fairlee Manor Recreation and Education Center is a residential, recreational and respite camp on 250 acres along Fairlee Creek. Offering campers from age 6 and up the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting as well as respite programs throughout the year.
Website: Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shores
Link: Easter Seals Respite Programs
Link: Easter Seals Camp Fairlee programs

Guide for Family Caregivers

From Disability.Gov. Find links and resources to help you take better care of yourself, and those around you.
Link: Disability.Gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers

The Grandparent Resource Center

Wilmington Senior Center, 1901 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
Contact: (302) 651-3420
Website: Wilmington Senior Center

Grand Time Off Childcare Respite Program

A program to provide respite childcare service to grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising other relative’s children in their own homes, and providing the majority of care for these children.

Link: Grand Time Off Childcare Respite Program – Questions & Answers
Link: Grand Time Off Childcare Respite Program Enrollment Packet

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

Providing financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance, respite programs, non-cash items, and more to families living or seeking treatment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Website: Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

The Mary Campbell Center

Providing respite, after-school programs, preschool, swim lessons, teen programs, summer camps. and more.
Contact: (302) 762-6025
Website: The Mary Campbell Center

National Alliance for Caregiving

A non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving.
Website: National Alliance for Caregiving

National Caregiver Support Line

Helping family caregivers of seriously ill and injured Veterans. The toll-free number connects to a referral center that assists caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information.
Link:  National Caregiver Suppor Line Information

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghhouse

A national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs, and the public at large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

Next Step in Care

Family Caregivers and Health Care Professionals Working Together to build a strong partnership.
Website: Next Step In Care Publication

Yes U Can Respite / Childcare

The University of Delaware’s Yes U Can Extension Club is dedicated to helping those in the community with limited mobility or disabilities. The club offers a babysitting service to parents of children with disabilities or limited mobility. Suggested fee is $8 per hour. A portion of the babysitting fees goes towards the Yes U Can Extension Club.

Contact: Sophie Swallow at for program questions or request services.

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