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One of the required uses of funds for a Lifespan Respite grant is providing planned and emergency respite. However, despite the demonstrated need for emergency respite in many states, providing it can present challenges given the immediacy of needs, the potentially high cost, the shortage of willing providers, and state regulations or respite provider requirements that may make emergency respite difficult to provide.

Two Lifespan Respite grantees provided brief remarks regarding their efforts to provide emergency respite. Pam Oliason, the Idaho Lifespan Respite grantee, shared a brief description of and lessons learned from their implementation of a pilot Lifespan Emergency Caregiver Respite Program in partnership with the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Dorinda Adams, Lifespan respite grantee from Maryland, described their consumer-directed emergency respite program that included contracting with a state-wide provider to make respite workers available 24/7 if families had no other options.




  • Pam  Oliason, Program Specialist,  Lifespan Respite and Family Caregiver Support, Idaho Commission on Aging, Boise, ID
  • Dorinda Adams, Programs Manager, Office of Adult Services, Social Services Administration, Maryland Department of Human Services, Baltimore, MD


  • ARCH Fact Sheet: Emergency Respite: Help for Family Caregivers in Critical Times of Need

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