New grants announced for respite care

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The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday grants totaling $1.1 million to six states to caregivers in need of respite care services.

The grants will be disbursed to Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia as part of the third batch of grantees awarded through the Lifespan Respite Care Program,  which was created to pool together various funding streams to “support, expand and streamline the delivery of planned and emergency respite services while also providing for the recruitment and training of respite workers and caregiver training and empowerment.”

Thirty states have receiving funding through the program since it was created by Congress in 2006.

“Caregivers make daily sacrifices, both emotional and financial,” said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in an article in Disability Scoop. “Respite allows family caregivers to continue successfully in their roles.”