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What is Lifespan Respite Care?

The concept of taking care of oneself is not a new concept for all of us, as it is self explanatory in the words themselves. Respite care for caregivers, however, may bring up different meanings for everyone from policy makers to caregivers themselves - not to mention perhaps even some guilt or loss feelings, not knowing how to access or to afford it. The system of respite services is difficult to navigate, as each public-funded program for children and adults has its own eligibility criteria and often time difficult to coordinate with other possible existing funding sources - for the primary caregivers and respite care providers.


This Lifespan Respite website is primarily a guiding tool for family caregivers and respite providers of children and adults with special needs.


Respite care services shall (ORS 409.470):

  • Include a flexible array of respite care options, responsive to family and caregiver needs, and be available before families and caregivers are in a crisis situation;
  • Be sensitive to the unique needs, strengths and multicultural values of an individual, family or caregiver;
  • Offer the most efficient access to an array of coordinated respite care services that are built on existing community supports and services;
  • Be driven by community strengths, needs and resources; and
  • Use a variety of funds and resources, including but not limited to:
    • Family or caregiver funds;
    • Private and volunteer resources;
    • Public funds; and
    • Exchange of care among families or caregivers