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Caring for chronically ill and/or technology-dependent children at home can be emotionally, physically, psychologically, and financially exhausting for the caregiver. Caregivers require temporary relief from the burden of day-to-day care of these children. Respite care offers the opportunity for this relief. A study was conducted to survey the availability of respite care for chronically ill and technology-dependent children in California. Survey findings from 45 agencies indicated that 38% provided respite care for chronically ill and/or technology-dependent children. Fifty percent of agencies provided care for less than 10 chronically ill and/or technology-dependent children per year. Major problems associated with provision of respite services were inadequate reimbursement and insufficient request for services.
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