Lifespan Respite Care Program

Under the Lifespan Respite Care Act, the purpose is to expand and enhance respite care services to family caregivers; improve the statewide dissemination and coordination of respite care; and to provide, supplement, or improve access and quality of respite care services to family caregivers, thereby

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reducing family caregiver strain.

The Act also creates a National Lifespan Respite Resource Center designed to maintain a national database on lifespan respite care; provide training and technical assistance to State, community and nonprofit respite care programs; and provide information, referral, and educational programs to the public on lifespan respite care.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.).
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: none. Fiscal Year 2009: We anticipate up to six awards in FY 2009. Lifespan Respite Care Program services will improve quality of respite care services to family caregivers, thereby reducing family caregiver strain. Fiscal Year 2010: unknown.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used for the development and enhancement of lifespan respite care at the State and local levels; the provision of respite care services for family caregivers caring for children or adults; training and recruiting of respite care workers and volunteers; the provision of information to caregivers about available respite and support services; and assistance to caregivers in gaining access to such services.

Funds may also be used for training programs for family caregivers to assist family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services; other services essential to the provision of respite care as may be specified by AoA; or training and education for new caregivers.

Funds may also be used to establish a National Resource Center on Lifespan Respite Care.

Matching funds are required.

Funds may not be used to supplant other Federal, State, or local funds available for respite care services.