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. 

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, Hike 2 Heal Program for caregivers of cancer survivors.  Program includes guided day hikes and back pack trips.

Contact: Kelly Means or Dan Canfield at

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).

Offered in the Treasure Valley, Legacy Corps through Jannus Inc. provides volunteer-driven in-home respite and respite for caregivers or adults, so they can attend Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.

Contact Mellissa Radloff, Program Director,

In-home respite is provided by volunteers recruited as Americorp members, a program affiliated with the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Legacy Corps has established a model program with the YMCA 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

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.

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

Contact: Megan Shomer at

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 in our center. Currently on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are expanding this program to include drop-in care on Tuesdays.   We already offer scholarships through other grant sources 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.
      • Much of our expansion will be through outreach to the community to educate them about our services. Hosted a Navigating Longevity Summit on 4/27/2019 which included on-site respite so caregivers could attend the conference.

Contact Person:  Ramona Duke – Community Relations Manager

Relatives as Parents Inc is a newly incorporated organization that serves several northern Idaho counties. They are 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

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