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Respite Relief for Military & Veteran Caregivers

What could you do with the gift of time?

We know as a military or veteran caregiver 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?

No-cost respite care could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. Caregivers share that respite helps them take care of themselves by freeing up time and getting support for household management or care responsibilities. You can think about respite care as a helping hand – respite services can be arranged for as little as an afternoon or for a full day.

“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

No-cost respite care 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 no-cost, 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. Partners are responding to this call to support military and veteran caregivers during this challenging time. Thanks to a contribution from Wounded Warrior Project, we’re now able to offer the Respite Relief program nationwide.

Respite Relief services include:

  • meals
  • housekeeping
  • transportation
  • exercise
  • companionship
  • mobility
  • med reminders
  • toileting
  • bathing
  • grooming

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must be a family caregiver to a wounded, ill, or injured veteran or service member (and submit proof of service).
  2. Requested relief support includes one of the following: companionship, light housekeeping, grocery shopping and meal preparation, transportation, mobility support/transferring, exercise, toileting, bathing, dressing and grooming. If you and your care recipient need more assistance such as assistance with administering medications, in home physical therapy, or any other type of specialized medical care, you will not be eligible for this service at this time.
  3. If there is a positive Covid-19 diagnosis in the household and you are approved for the service, CareLinx will work with you to schedule care once it is safe to do so.

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.

If you are a military or veteran caregiver, you may be eligible to receive no-cost respite care services.

Apply today to receive no-cost respite care services from CareLinx, a high-quality home care provider.

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.

Special thanks to CareLinx, Generali and Wounded Warrior Project for making this Respite Relief program possible.

Thank you to our collaboration partners:

Special thanks to those who have joined the campaign: