Special Populations

Adult Man Portrait with a Down Syndrome in a Daycare Center

Washington continues to focus on improving access, developing and strengthening the respite system while taking into consideration various underserved populations.  Some of which are highlighted below.

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Accepting help to provide care to your child can be challenging, however parents and other caregivers deserve a break and time to recharge themselves.


The VA provides a variety of caregiver services to Veterans and their caregivers.

Traumatic Brain Injury

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the entire family is affected. If you are caring for a partner, spouse, child, relative, or close friend with TBI, it is important to recognize how stressful this situation can be and to seek support services.  LRW will be working to increase awareness and access to individuals with a TBI and their caregivers beginning in the Fall of 2018.

American Indian/Alaskan Native

It is so important to meet the respite needs of the Tribal community caregiver in a culturally relevant way.  One of LRW’s goals is to increase respite options for American Indian and Alaskan Native caregivers with input from the Tribes themselves as they have the knowledge and awareness of how to meet this need.