Family caregivers are often faced with the daunting task of not just finding respite care but also funding respite care. View the Grant Opportunity page for updates on vouchers and grants for respite funding.
Financial Assistance and Funding for Respite Care
This list includes organizations that provide funding for respite care services to families. Each program may have an eligibility criterion and may serve a specific disability or chronic disease group.
- Alzheimer’s Association offers a resource finder for those with Alzheimer’s disease
- Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC), Colorado’s Aging and Disability Center offers information and referral service to families looking for financial assistance
- Area Agency on Aging, of Colorado Dept. of Human Services offers local referrals and limited funding opportunities
- ARCH - National Respite Network offers a national respite locator along with information on national initiatives for respite and family caregivers. Also includes Colorado waiver chart that explains waiver requirements in relation to respite
- Autism Society Boulder County offers a limited voucher program called “Give Me a Break”
- Autism Society of Colorado offers a state-wide limited voucher program
- Betty Proctor Fund offers once-in-a-lifetime assistance through Energy Outreach Colorado for those that have a need that threatens self-sufficiency, including medical, dental, education, transportation, water or rent. Details found here.
- Check with your insurance carrier for any possible respite opportunities
- Colorado ABLE: Save money without losing SSI and Medicaid eligibility
- Colorado Gerontological Society offers grants for seniors over 60 and provides information on benefit programs.
- Colorado Respite Coalition offers an annual limited mini-grant program providing financial assistance to agencies that provide respite care and a Family Respite Voucher program providing financial assistance for full-time family caregivers.
Local Community Centered Boards (CCBs) offer limited family resources to assist the caregivers of family members who have intellectual/developmental disorders, and also offer assistance with Medicaid waivers for respite care
- Easter Seals Colorado’s Discovery Clubs provides scholarships for children’s programs on Saturdays during the school year in the Denver metro and Summer Camps in Empire, Colorado
Local faith communities may offer limited services and occasional financial assistance to families
- Laradon Host Home Providers offers residential services for individuals who receive funding through the Home and Community Based Medicaid waiver. Visit the website for more information here.
- Medicaid waivers are available for various populations and uses.
- Details on adult and child(ren) Medicaid waiver benefits and conditions can be found here.
- Project Angel Heart prepares and delivers nutritious meals to Coloradoans with life-threatening illnesses free of cost. Learn more here.
- Respite Care Inc., a Larimer County agency, provides limited scholarships for respite care for children and teens in Larimer County only on a daily basis with overnight services available.
- Sunshine Home Care Colorado is a non-profit organization helping you utilize extra space in your home to generate income, receive assistance with basic household chores, decreaseisolation, and help provide housing to someone needing an affordable place to live. Additonal information found here.
- YMCA Schlessman Branch offers limited scholarships for “My Y Time to Play”, an occasional Saturday program
Disclaimer: Please note that the Colorado Respite Coalition provides this general list as a starting point for researching financial resources for families. We have compiled this list for families to follow-up with, but we make no guarantees about the suggested resources, as funding opportunities and qualification requirements can change or be eliminated.
Statewide financial assistance for respite care services are very limited and may be sporadic, however it never hurts to ask if scholarships are available.
Read: Paying for Respite Care
Fact: Family caregivers are the main provider of long-term care services in all states. In 2007, about 540,000 unpaid caregivers provided personal care and assistance to functionally impaired individuals in Colorado. According to analysis conducted by AARP, the economic value of each hour of family care-giving is estimated at $11 an hour with an economic value of about $6.5 billion annually.