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Respite Services and Resources

Photo of woman and caregiverThe Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program was created to provide reimbursement vouchers to home-based family caregivers for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to their family members with disabilities (children and adults, including elderly persons).

This project is supported by a grant, HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-LI-0078, from the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living Policy.

Overview of the Program and Application Form:

Primary family caregivers MUST apply to the program first before requesting reimbursement under this program. The Overview and Application Form highlight how to apply. This program will be to use respite services for future days from the date your application is approved through July 31, 2017. This program cannot reimburse you for respite services you may have already used. This program has four (4) weeks to review your application.

To apply for the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program:

To apply for the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program:

Email, fax, or mail the following items:

  1. Completed Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Application
  2. Completed Caregiver Burden Inventory
  3. Proof of the individual's disability/special need (See Application Form for a list of acceptable documents), to:

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229
804.662.7035 (fax)

Vouchers MUST be used and submitted to DARS within 90 days from the date the application is approved. You do not have to use the full $400 at once; it can be spread out over several periods. However, only one reimbursement request, for up to $400, can be made per voucher.

Once your application has been completed and received it will be reviewed by DARS staff. You will be contacted within four weeks to inform you of the status of your application. You may be notified by email, phone or regular U.S. mail. Questions regarding the application can be directed to Andrea Platea at 804.662.9340 or

Respite* is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family caregiver of that child or adult. Respite services may be provided in a variety of settings, on a temporary basis, including the family home, adult day centers, respite centers or residential care facilities. Respite is a key component of family support and home and community based long-term services and supports. Respite services strengthen family systems while protecting the health and well-being of both caregivers and care recipients.

*As defined by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center.

  1. Application and Reimbursement Procedures - PDF version Open the file as a PDF document

  2. Application Form - PDF version Open the file as a PDF document

  3. Program FAQ - PDF version Open the file as a PDF document

  4. Voluntary Caregiver Burden Survey - PDF version Open the file as a PDF document

Respite/Caregiver Resources

Respite/Caregiver Resource Websites


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