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.
- WA Department of Health – Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Lifespan Respite WA Voucher Program
The VA provides a variety of caregiver services to Veterans and their caregivers.
- Veteran’s Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274 toll-free
- Wounded Warriors: Offers emergency assistance, morale-building, and innovative therapeutic services for wounded warriors and their families.
- S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Offers up to 30 days of respite per calendar year for family caregivers of veterans in their centers o in their communities.
- Exceptional Family Member Program: Provides all four military branches with care and respite support for families with a member who has a special need or disability.
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.