What could you do with the gift of time?
As someone who cares for a military or veteran spouse, child, parent, or friend, we know your days are packed with responsibilities. Would having an extra pair of hands help free you up to invest a little more time in yourself? Could you make it to that doctor’s appointment you’ve been meaning to get to, or sit in a park and read a book, catch up with a loved one, or just take a break?
Free respite care could be just what you’ve been looking for.
“I was skeptical that using respite care would actually help – I thought it might be more work than it was worth. But it was game-changing. It really was the first step for me to start taking better care of myself mentally and physically.“
– Jennifer M., Caregiver, FL
FREE help for military and veteran caregivers
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined together to create a new program, Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers, which offers family caregivers of veterans or service members access to free, short-term relief with the help of in-home care professionals.
CareLinx provided a generous contribution to launch the first phase of this program and issued a call for others to join. AARP and other partners are responding to this call to support military and veteran caregivers during this challenging time. Thanks to a contribution from Wounded Warrior Project, the Respite Relief program is available nationwide.
Respite Relief services include:
- You must provide care to a wounded, ill, or injured veteran or service member (and submit proof of service).
If you’ve already applied and received respite care, thank you so much for taking the necessary steps to help you and your loved one! Our goal is to provide respite to as many families as possible.
We are currently only accepting one application per caregiver per year. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
Respite for those who serve our nation’s injured, ill, and wounded warriors
We care about the well-being of military and veteran caregivers, and want to provide these hidden heroes with trusted support so they can take time to focus on themselves.
How Do I Prepare My Loved One For Respite?
Respite provides a much needed break for both the caregiver and the care receiver. Some Veterans, however, may be hesitant because they are uncomfortable in an unfamiliar environment or being with people who are considered “strangers.” Allowing someone new to help them may be outside of their comfort zone, and yours.
Check out our helpful 9 Steps to Respite Care guide to help prepare you and your loved one for receiving respite. Respite is a crucial service for you and there are ways to maximize your experience.
Join the Campaign. Support Respite Relief.
Join the movement and stand with the brave men and women offering support to our nation’s wounded, ill, and disabled veterans and service members. We’re seeking partners to increase the available pool of respite hours and help more caregivers. Partner with us to expand relief across the country. Speak with our team today.
Special thanks to the Wounded Warrior Project and Bob Woodruff Foundation who have answered the call to partner with us to deliver respite to more caregivers.