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Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition

Montana Lifespan Respite:
It’s OK to need it, it’s OK to want it and it’s OK to get it!

Woman Strolling Elderly LadyThe Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition defines respite as "planned or emergency care provided to an individual with need for support and supervision in order to provide temporary relief to the primary caregiver of that individual."

According to the AARP Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update, Montana has approximately 118,000 caregivers, providing 110 billion hours of unpaid care.  If the work of these caregivers were to be paid at $12.97 per hour, the total economic value of their caregiving would be valued at about 1.4 million. 


In a recent survey, completed by AARP Montana, nearly 8 in 10 respondents believe family caregivers should have the support services they need to take a break or to maintain their employment.  Ninety percent of those who are caregivers said their role is critical to their loved one’s independence and more than half said they have experienced stress.

For those caregivers that experience extreme stress, routine activities may seem overwhelming.  The Lifespan respite voucher program may be able to help provide the break they need!  Learn more by going to the Voucher Program/Application on this website.

The Lifespan Respite (LSR) Coalition in partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) has made available a public website of resources focusing on our Montana seniors and people with disabilities.  The LSR Coalition collected respite services available in Montana and this information is included in the ADRC Resource Directory searchable database.

Looking for respite services?   Go to the ADRC Resource Directory, click on Respite Break for Caregivers under the Common Searches.  Then, refine your search results by opening Areas Served and entering the zip code, city or county.