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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.

Family-Directed Respite for children

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. 


A child must meet the following requirements to be eligible for respite care.  He or she must  be:

•    Medicaid eligible,
•    Be under age 21,
•    Meet income and resource requirements (child’s income & assets only),
•    Live at home, and
•    Require an institutional level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital, nursing facility or an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICF-MR).

To Apply

Please call one of the CEDAR Family Centers listed below. They will help you apply for the program and help to gather the necessary information you will need.

Contact one of the following CEDAR Family Centers:

As a Rhode Islander, you also may be eligible for the following programs:

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