What is Respite?
Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a care recipient for the purpose of providing temporary relief to the family caregiver. Respite services may be provided in a variety of settings including the family home, adult day centers, or residential care facilities. Respite is a key component in protecting the health and well-being of the family caregiver and his or her care recipient.
North Carolina Lifespan Respite Program
The North Carolina Lifespan Respite Program is an application-based program that reimburses eligible family caregivers caring for individuals of any age for up to $500 in respite care services, annually. Funding is limited and applications are accepted only when funds are available.
Applicants must be referred to the program by a local professional organization. The professional organization (referring agency) will complete the online application on behalf of the family caregiver.
- Caregiver must 18 years and older and providing unpaid care for an individual of any age.
- Care recipient is generally not eligible for, and not currently receiving services from, other programs, such as CAP or CAP/DA.
- Successful applicants are generally not eligible for other available respite programs.
- Priority is given to:
- Those with the greatest social and economic needs
- Those who have not received a break within 6 months of submitting the application
- Families who have no other ongoing in-home assistance
- Applicants must be able to use voucher funds within 90 days.
- Family caregiver is referred to the program by a professional organization (referring agency).
- Referring agency completes online application form on behalf of the family caregiver.
- Application is processed by the High Country Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA).
- HCAAA provides additional instruction and required paperwork.
- Family caregiver must be able to:
- Pay for services in advance if bill arrives prior to reimbursement. Reimbursement check will be mailed within five (5) business days of receipt of completed paperwork from caregiver.
- Screen and hire respite provider.
- Complete required paperwork (Private Provider Agreement, Record of Respite Service).
- Submit required paperwork within 14 days from expiration date noted on award letter.
- Referring agency must join the NC Lifespan Respite Coalition – membership is free.
For additional information on the North Carolina Lifespan Respite Program, contact Pat Guarnieri at 828-265-5434 ext. 139 or firstname.lastname@example.org