Respite Programs in Idaho


The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offers respite vouchers for legal guardians of children who have been diagnosed with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED). BPA Health is the intity that manages these respite vouchers for Idahoans.

As part of your ‘finding respite’ journey, we recommend you check out the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Yes, they may redirect you back to the Idaho Caregiver Alliance, but they have other great resources and information related to respite.

Whether you are careging for an older adult or an individual with disabilities, the Area Agency on Aging in your community can be a great resource; some can offer direct respite connections. To locate your Area Agency on Aging, click on the Idaho Commission on Aging link here.

Here is a list of new or expanded community respite programs in Idaho. These programs are supported in part by grant #90LRL1001401 to the Idaho Commission on Aging from the U.S. Administration for Community Living Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC, 20201. 

John and Junes Mission creates a community for cancer caregivers through the Hike 2 Heal program. Hike 2 Heal provides respite care through day hikes, backpacking trips, and other outdoor adventures to enrich the quality of life for those impacted by cancer. All levels and experience welcomed.

Contact: Kelly Means or Dan Canfield at johnandjunesmission@gmail.com

Website: https://www.johnandjunesmission.org/

Phone: 208-718-1175

Location served: Planning and service areas 3 and 6 (Ada, Adams, Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Canyon, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Owyhee, Payette, Teton, Valley, and Washington counties).

In the Treasure Valley, Legacy Corps at Jannus Inc. provides volunteer-driven respite for caregivers of adults with an emphasis on aging veterans and military families.   Respite is offered in-home and through groups in conjunction with Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.

Contact Mellissa Radloff, Program Director, mradloff@jannus.org

Website: https://www.jannus.org/program/legacy-corps/

Phone: 208-336-5533

In-home respite is provided by volunteers recruited as Americorps members, a program affiliated with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Legacy Corps has established a model program in Boise so that caregivers can attend training in one room while the people for whom they care are involved in volunteer-driven activities in another area of the facility. 

Families Together provides a center-based respite program for caregivers/families of children with special needs in Moscow, Idaho for families living in Moscow, Lewiston and the surrounding rural areas including Potlatch, Troy, Deary, and Genesee.

Contact: Karen Nelson karen@familiestogether.org

Website: https://www.familiestogether.org/services/

Phone: 208-874-7891

Respite is for the whole family, parents date night, sibling activities and one to one companions for the children with special needs.  It is held 4 to 5 hours at the center, several times per year.

Rays for Rare provides services to families of children with significant medical needs who are medically fragile.  Rays for Rare serves families in Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Elmore, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.   

Contact: Megan Shomer at megan@corwynscause.org

Website: https://www.raysforrare.org/

Phone: 208-695-6300

Respite is in the form of lawn and yard care, house cleaning and other services.

The Senior Connection provides essential services for seniors and their families.  Senior Connections is expanding respite programs which include the following:

      • Respite care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive issues on-site Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expanding this program to include drop-in care on Tuesdays.   Offer scholarships to subsidize costs for those who need it.
      • On the first Tuesday of the month, we offer a caregiver’s support group which will now include drop-in respite care and lunch.
      • Expansion will be facilitated through outreach to the community and education about services.
      • Host a day-long Navigating Longevity Summit each year with on-site respite so caregivers can attend the conference.

Contact Person:  Ramona Duke – Community Relations Manager ramona@seniorconnectionidaho.org

Website: www.seniorconnectionidaho.org

Phone: 208-788-3468

Relatives as Parents Inc (RAP) is a newly incorporated organization that serves several northern Idaho counties.  RAP is developing respite services for relative caregivers of children in the absence of parents. The organization will also serve as a resource to unincorporated Relatives as Parents support groups in southern Idaho.

Contact person:  Glenda Weaver- Executive Director glendainidaho@hotmail.com

Website: http://relativesasparents.com/about-us/

Phone: 208-803-0944

The DayBreak Center is a program of Sandpoint Area Seniors, Inc. (“SASi”) located in Sandpoint, Idaho since 2007.  The DayBreak Center is a daytime care facility for adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementia/memory issues while providing much-needed respite time for the caregivers. DayBreak is the only daytime care center for elders with memory issues in a very large region of northern Idaho and offers a socially based model of care that provides art and music activities.

Contact person:  Ellen Weissman—Executive Director sandpointareaseniors@gmail.com

Website: https://www.sandpointareaseniors.org/daybreak-center/

Phone: 208-265-8127