Respite’ simply means ‘taking a break.’ ‘In the caregiver world ‘respite 'means making time to step back from your caregiving responsibilities to give yourself a chance to relax, renew, do things that you enjoy . . . It is essential for both the wellbeing of a caregiver AND their care recipient that the caregiver has regular opportunities to take a break from caregiving responsibilities to focus on their own emotional and physical health. A break could be a few hours, or a few days. Senior Connections offers programs that can help caregivers seeking formal and informal respite care.



SC Caregiver Respite Voucher – This program is designed to provide temporary, short-term respite to caregivers who are informal providers of in-home and community care, to an individual who is 60 or older, or an individual who is less than 60 years and has a diagnosis of early onset dementia. Senior Connections will reimburse the caregiver for up to $595 for payment made to a provider of their choosing, for respite care on a short-term basis. For more inforamtion, please call the Caregiver Support Program at 804-343-3000 or email


Jenkins Caregiver Empowerment Program – this program was created to provide caregivers opportunities to focus on their own well-being. Participants in the program receive on-going consultation for emotional support and education, assistance in developing a long-term plan to maintain the caregiver’s emotional and physical health, a financial stipend designated to get the Empowerment plan in action, and resources for supplemental services. To see if you qualify for the Jenkins Caregiver Empowerment Program, please call the Caregiver Support Program at 804-343-3000 or email


Referral to Senior Connections Respite & In-Home Services Program – Senior Connections offers grants for short-term, temporary direct care of a caregiver’s family member. These grants are prioritized to service those with the greatest health and social needs. To see if you qualify for this program, please call our main number at 804-343-3000 and ask about Respite & In-home Services.


Finding Care – a quick Google search of care providers can provide you with an overwhelming amount of information, agencies, etc. We would suggest that to narrow down your search, you check the ratings of care providers on the government’s Medicare website: Find Healthcare Providers: Compare Care Near You | Medicare .  Asking friends, neighbors, and your personal healthcare providers for recommendations is usually helpful as well.



Additional Respite Financial Resources:

ARCH Respite - Resources for Caregivers | ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center (

Commonwealth Catholic Charities – Caregiver Relief Program: Independence for Seniors | Commonwealth Catholic Charities (

DARS Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher -Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

HFC – Caregiver Respite Program - Caregivers | Hilarity For Charity (

Masonic In-Home Care Outreach - Masonic In-Home Health Care in Virginia | MAHOVA

Road Scholar Caregiver Grant - Caregiver Grants | Road Scholar

CCC Plus Waiver - The Arc of Virginia (

AFTD - Comstock Respite Grant for family care partners of those with FTD:  Comstock Respite Grant | AFTD (

Caregiver Relief Fund — Mind What Matters (