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For Caregivers (Respite)

Respite Coordination for Seniors

Ages 60+

If you reside in Montgomery County and are an unpaid, primary caregiver for a frail senior citizen, living in the same household, you may apply for respite coordination from The Arc Montgomery County.   

Our respite program can provide short-term relief for a few hours, a day, a weekend, or sometimes longer. However, respite care is not a substitute for ongoing care or adult day care.  It's just a way to support families who take care of their loved ones at home.  Families can choose from many respite care venues, including the family home, adult medical day programs, and approved respite facilities.

Click here to learn how a respite caregiver can (and cannot) support your family.

NOTE: Respite applications will not be processed for family members who receive state-funded, in-home supports.  This includes services received through Community First Choice, REM, Community Pathways, Family Supports Waiver, Maryland Community Support, Autism Waiver, etc.

Respite may provide a subsidy to pay a Respite Care Provider (RCP), but it is not an entitlement.  Eligibility for a subsidy does not guarantee funds for each respite occasion requested. There is limited funding for respite care and our goal is to assist as many families as possible each month. 

  • FY24 applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2024.

    All respite applications must be emailed to or postmarked through US mail to Respite Coordination, The Arc Montgomery County, 7362 Calhoun Place, Rockville, MD 20855. Applications that are dropped off in person or left in the mailbox without a postmark may not be processed.

    Please complete all pages of the application and include ALL documents as outlined in the Application Checklist; without these documents, your application is incomplete and WILL NOT BE PROCESSED and will be returned by mail via USPS.

For more information, contact Respite at 301.984.5777 x1204.

Respite is funded primarily through a contract with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.  Changes to the respite program may occur based upon state, county and provider agency regulations and recommendations.