What is Respite?
The Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC) administers the Lifespan Respite grant in partnership with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). Funding comes from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The respite program is at no cost to family caregivers who do not receive respite from other federal or state programs.
1. Adult Day Health Centers: Your family member has a safe place to go while you (the caregiver) enjoy a break from caregiving. We pay the day center for up to 96 hours.
2. Respite Voucher: You arrange for respite, usually in your own home. You can hire an agency, or you can ask a trusted friend or neighbor to come and stay with your family member. You pay them, then you send us the receipt and timesheet and we reimburse you.
3. Maricopa County Caregiver Support Program: In addition to the Respite services listed above, the following categories are eligible for reimbursement from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition to family caregivers in Maricopa County: Home Modifications/Assistive Technology for care recipients under 18, Hiring a Social Worker/Care Navigator, Caregiver Training, Recreational Activity.
Qualifications for the respite programs:
- Caregiver and care recipient can not be receiving any other respite services paid with federal, state or insurance funds.
- The care recipient needs constant care and cannot be left alone.
- For ADHC only: The caregiver is not working outside the home.
See also our page on Emergency Respite.