Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services operates a Lifespan Respite Voucher Program that provides reimbursement of up to $400 per family caring for individuals in need of respite services.

What is Respite?

Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family caregiver of that child or adult. Respite services may be provided by an individual or organization on a temporary basis, in a variety of settings, including the family home, adult day centers, respite centers, or residential care facilities. Respite is a key component of family support and home and community based long-term services and supports. Respite services strengthen family systems while protecting the health and well-being of both caregivers and care recipients. (Definition from ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center)


  • Primary family caregiver must reside in the same physical location as the person receiving / needing respite services; and
  • If the family currently receives respite services, funds cannot be used to replace current funding for respite/daycare or to pay for respite just to allow the caregiver to work. Funding must be used to provide services that allow the caregiver to take a break from caregiving duties: it must go “above and beyond” what is currently being received.

Application Process

  • Application materials can be accessed on the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program webpage. If approved, individuals pay for the respite services up-front, then apply for reimbursement through DARS.