Lifespan Respite Grant Overview

In 2009, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) provided a competitive grant opportunity to eligible state agencies for implementing the requirements of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-716).  Lifespan Respite Care programs are coordinated systems of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children or adults of all ages with special needs.  Illinois was 1 of 12 states to receive this Federal Lifespan Respite Grant. Through this federal grant, the Lifespan Respite team in Illinois are able to bring you Emergency Respite Services to Illinois’ residents.



The purpose of the Lifespan Emergency Respite Program is to offer funding and resources to support caregivers of adults with special needs or children with special needs with an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source.  The Lifespan Emergency Respite Program supports the caregiver’s decision to request emergency respite care and determine where the care will be delivered and by whom. 





Emergency respite care services may result from, but not be limited to the following circumstances:



  •  Caregiver illness (physical, mental or emotional)
  •  Caregiver hospitalization or doctor appointment
  •  Illness of a loved one
  •  Funeral/Wake
  •  Reduction of stress level
  •  Drug/ Alcohol Abuse counseling/support
  •  Preparation for care recipient to transition between living arrangements
  •  Risk of loss of employment *  (respite is not to be on-going and used for child or adult day care)
  •  Other family emergency or need
  •  Work related situation/function




Emergency Respite Care is the placement of an in-home respite care worker during an unplanned or planned event, or the temporary placement of the care recipient outside the home, to substitute for the caregiver.  Emergency respite care may be provided on one or more occasions. 

An emergency is: an unplanned or unforeseen event that results in the immediate and unavoidable absence of the primary caregiver or back up caregiver from the home.


For more information or to access Emergency Respite Care Services, see Authorization forms below:


Instructions for Emergency Respite Services:42291400100321InstructionsforEmergencyRespite.docx



Application for Emergency Respite Services:



 If you have any questions about emergency respite funding after July 1st 2013, please contact Maryville Center for Children 773-205-3606