How Do I Pay for Respite?


The cost of respite varies by provider, and can be a barrier to seeking respite.  However, depending on the age and disability of the person receiving care, respite vouchers may be available to help offset the out-of-pocket costs associated with respite care.

Is respite covered by Medicare/Medicaid?

Idaho does provide a Medicaid Waiver which includes respite services. To find out if you qualify, contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare at 1-877-456-1233. Additional information can be found on the Arch Respite website.

Additional Resources

For families who are eligible through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Children’s Mental Health Program, the clinician may refer parents of children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) for respite services. These services are paid for through a voucher system and are time-limited. Contact your Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) regional office for more information. To find that number, check out IDHW’s website.

The Area Agency on Aging provides respite vouchers for those caring for a loved one over the age of 60.  To determine if you qualify, contact the Area Agency on Aging nearest you.

The Veterans Administration provides respite vouchers for those caring for a veteran.  Contact your local VA to determine eligibility.  To learn more, visit their website here.

Alzheimer’s Idaho provides reimbursement to their clients of $5/hour for up to 16 hours of respite.   For information, contact 208-914-4719

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides respite vouchers for those caring for a loved one with MS.  For more information on their Financial Assistance Program, visit their website here.