About Us

Who We Are

Lifespan Respite Washington (LRW) began in 2002 as a statewide coalition known as the Respite & Crisis Care Coalition of Washington (RCCCWA).  In 2010, RCCCWA received its first federal Lifespan Respite Grant to expand the program and to pursue sustainability.  The RCCCWA coalition was renamed in 2012 to Lifespan Respite Washington (LRW).  In September 2017, LRW was awarded its fifth grant funding for three years through the U.S. Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living.

PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment) is the host agency responsible, in partnership with the state’s Aging and Long Term Support Administration within the Department of Social and Health Services, for more fully bringing to scale the provision of respite services to eligible populations through establishing and strengthening Washington’s Lifespan Respite Care System.  PAVE LRW staff administers the Lifespan Respite Voucher program for unpaid, unserved family caregivers of all ages, across Washington State.

Lifespan Respite Coalition

The coalition members include family caregivers, public and private agency staff, and advocates across the state.  It aims to support individuals from a cross-section of ages, cultural or ethnic background, or need/disability of the individual needing care.

LRW Coalition meets at least twice a year to:

  1. Network about community respite options and gaps in services;
  2. Exchange ideas for formal and informal respite options;
  3. Determine where to focus its efforts on meeting various initiatives; and
  4. Educate the public and its policymakers about respite, its importance, and how to access the service.

If you are interested in participating on the LRW Coalition, please contact us through the LRW Program Coordinator at getrespite@wapave.org

How we are funded:

We are grateful to the U.S. Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, for providing funding in its award to the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Aging & Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA). ALTSA has contracted with PAVE as the host agency for the Lifespan Respite WA program.

We would like to offer more respite vouchers and you can help us! PAVE accepts and deeply appreciates contributions at any level to assist more unpaid family caregivers receive the vital respite needed. If you know of businesses or you would like to make a contribution, to donate please visit our donation page.