Home Respite Care FAQs - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Home Respite Care FAQs

Who is eligible for home care through VA Palo Alto Health Care System?
All enrolled Veterans at VA Palo Alto HCS are eligible for home care, if they meet a program's clinical criteria for admission. Admission may be prioritized based on a Veteran's service connection status.

What is Respite Care and how can I get it?
Respite care is care provided for patients with the goal of giving family caregivers a break from the stresses of caregiving. In doing so, the goal is to help Veterans and families live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings - in the home, in adult day care centers, in our community living centers and, for home hospice patients, in our dedicated hospice units. With home respite care, a professional caregiver goes to the home and provides supportive care for a few hours, while a family caregiver takes a break.

Home respite is available through our home respite program. Our homemaker / home health care program also provides some respite for families. Adult day respite is provided through our adult day health care program. Our inpatient respite program is located in our Menlo Park Community Living Center. Families seeking inpatient respite for hospice patients should contact our hospice program at Palo Alto Division. Inpatient respite programs usually provide respite care for a week at a time.

Who is eligible for respite at VA Palo Alto HCS?
Respite care is available for all enrolled Veterans who meet individual program clinical eligibility criteria. However, admission to programs is generally prioritized based on a Veteran's service-connection status.

How do I get home care services, if I think I need them?
Discuss this with your VA Palo Alto HCS primary care or other healthcare provider. If he or she believes home care is appropriate, a referral can be sent to our home care program. For inquiries regarding our home care programs, call (650) 493-5000, x6HOME.