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.