Virginia families who care for a loved one with disabilities or chronic conditions can apply for up to $400 reimbursement for respite costs under a limited voucher program offered by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

Priority will be given to assisting caregivers for loved ones with dementia, as well as helping grandparents or relative caregivers providing care to a child under age 18 or an individual between the ages of 19 to 59 who has a severe disability. Those who qualify and are approved may receive up to $400 reimbursement for costs related to respite. The program will distribute vouchers for reimbursement from a federal grant limited to $118,834, which closes by July 31, 2021.

Respite is short-term, temporary relief for those who care for family members, which can help reduce the strain on caregivers so they can continue to provide for their loved ones.

An estimated 450 families could be helped by the voucher program, part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to support a statewide network of coordinated caregiver respite services. DARS collaborates on the efforts with the Virginia Caregiver Coalition, which works to improve the…

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