Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

caregiving around the clock"Respite Services strengthen family systems while protecting the health and well-being of both caregivers and care recipients."

The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program (VLRVP) provides reimbursement vouchers to Virginia caregivers who resides full-time, in the same household as the person receiving care, for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals, of any age, with a documented disability or special need. VLRVP is focusing on people with dementia and grandparents or relative caregivers providing care to a child not more than 18 years of age or an individual 19 to 59 years of age with a severe disability.

Priority will be given to assist those caregivers with the greatest social and economic need. Respite funding is limited to $400 per family thru July 31, 2021, or until funds are exhausted. Funds may NOT be used to reimburse household expenses or so the caregiver can go to work. Due to limited funds, not all eligible applications will be approved.

Respite is short-term, temporary relief for those who care for family members, which can help reduce the strain on caregivers so they can continue to provide for their loved ones.

Examples of respite services for which families can apply for reimbursement include:

  • An in-home program, where services are provided in the family’s home or a care provider’s home
  • A center-based program, where family caregivers bring the care recipient (e.g., child, adult, aging individual) to a facility to receive respite care
  • A child or adult care center, a summer or weekend camp, or family day care home or adult family home which provides temporary care in addition to regular child or adult care services
  • Assisted living or nursing home respite programs

View the Lifespan Respite Flyer here

How to apply for the VLRVP

Email, fax or mail the following items:

  1. Completed Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Application
  2. Proof of the individuals disability/special needs (see application form for acceptable documentation)
  3. Completed Caregiver Burden Inventory


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

Click the links below for the Application, FAQ’s and Reimbursement Procedures:

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program - Application Form

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program – Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program – Reimbursement Procedures

To have a paper application mailed to you contact:

Liza White, Lifespan Respite Voucher Program Coordinator | 804.662.7650

Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 662-9333 Fax: (804) 662-9354

For more Caregiver Resources check out:

Virginia Navigator | Your Local AAA | National Alliance for Caregiving | ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

This project was supported by a grant, number 90LRLI0020-01-00, from the Administration on Aging, 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 on Aging Policy.

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