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Respite services in Rhode Island


Family-Directed Respite program for adults

Family-Directed Respite allows primary caregivers to have some time off for themselves. At present, this program serves family members who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or families providing care for persons age 60 and above.

Respite workers are strictly employed as relief staff for the primary caregivers. Respite workers provide in-home support while the primary caregiver attends to other personal issues. The Respite workers provide visual oversight only, they do not provide housekeeping, activities of daily living or personal care of any type.

For more information about Respite services for adults, contact The Diocese of Providence at 401-421-7833.

Respite for children

What is the Respite Program?

Respite Services give parents or guardians, caring for a child with disabilities, the ability to take some time off with the assurance that their child is well-cared for. Families find their own Respite workers either through a certified Respite Provider or through the Rewarding Work website.

Who is eligible?

A child/youth under the age of 21 with all of the following criteria may be eligible for Respite services:

  • The child is Medicaid eligible
  • Income and resource requirements are met (child’s income & assets only)
  • The child lives at home
  • The child requires an institutional level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital, nursing facility or an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID)

How do I apply for Respite Services?

Please Contact:
Kimberly Splendorio
Medical Care Specialist
Executive Office Health and Human Services
(401) 462- 2090(phone)
(401) 462- 2939(fax)

For More Information:

Click here for list of Respite agencies.

EOHHS website for information on certified Respite Providers and application packets.

Visit the Rewarding Work Job Board to post a description of your caregiver needs.

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