What is Lifespan Respite?
Taking care of a loved one can be very rewarding, but it can also be challenging. At times, caregivers need to recharge and refuel so they can continue providing care. The Lifespan Respite Program is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.
What types of respite services are available?
The Lifespan Respite Program provides caregivers vouchers that can be used to pay a provider for in-home care. Vouchers can also be used to pay for services outside the home, such as adult day care and services that allow caregivers to leave their loved ones with certified individuals who can provide care while the caregiver is away.
Caregivers are required to attend the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training. This training is designed to emphasize a holistic approach to caring for older adults, persons with chronic illnesses and persons with disabilities. Some caregivers have been providing support to a loved one for years while others may have been helping a short while. Regardless of the caregivers’ situation, it is important that caregivers have the tools they need to provide care.
How does one qualify for the Lifespan Respite Care Program?
- If you are a caregiver(s) caring for an older adult(s), person with a chronic health condition(s) or person with a disability
- If the care recipient is currently not receiving respite or provider assistance through any of the following:
- the Department of Aging and Disability Services
- Mental Health and/or Mental Retardation services
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Utilizing a type of service that relieves the caregiver on a temporary or ongoing basis that is paid for by a state of or federal agency
The program is available to caregivers and care recipients who reside in Harris County.
Please note: The eligibility criteria listed in this document is not comprehensive and serves as an overview to determine possible eligibility for the program. If a referral is made to Care Connection, additional information may be required, such as verification of a care recipient’s health condition. To refer a caregiver to the Lifespan Respite Care Program or for additional information, please call 1-855-YES-ADRC (1-855-937-2372) and ask about the Lifespan Respite Care Program.
To learn more about respite care in Texas and to access the respite services database, please go to taketimetexas.org