VA Caregiver Support Program
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a program that pays for care for a short time when family caregivers need a break, need to run errands, or need to go out of town for a few days. Respite Care can be helpful to Veterans of all ages, and their caregiver.
Caregiver Respite Tool
VA has created a tool to help you incorporate respite into your life. Finding time for yourself can be difficult. This tool was designed to help you define who you are as a caregiver and take-action steps to finding time for you. Click here to access the respite tool: /CAREGIVER/support/docs/Respite_OnlineCaregiverRespiteTool.pdf
- Visit the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) website for more information on how you, the caregiver, can utilize respite: https://www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/pages/Respite_Care.asp
- Use the Caregiver Self-Assessment to help you figure out what home care services or long term care services are best for you and your Veteran.
- VA Geriatrics and Extended Care - Resite Care: https://www.va.gov/Geriatrics/docs/Respite_Care.pdf.
- 9 STEPS TO RESPITE CARE for Military Caregivers * (PDF) - fact sheet prepared by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team, at your local VA Medical Center.
VA CSL Expanded hours:
-Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
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