Respite Grant Voucher

Respite Grant Voucher

Do you know someone who needs a temporary break from caregiver duties?

The Lifespan Respite Grant Voucher program may be able to help!

Respite service can provide a much-needed, temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by family caregivers. Respite vouchers let caregivers hire another person to temporarily care for their loved ones. The Lifespan Respite Grant Voucher program provides respite services for caregivers who do not qualify for other respite programs.

Lifespan Respite Grant Voucher Eligibility Guidelines

The Caregiver:

  • Is 18 or older and is a full-time, unpaid caregiver; or,
  • Is a grandparent or other relative age 54 or younger raising a child as a full-time parent; and,
  • Does not have annual household income over $90,000 (extenuating circumstances will be considered); and,
  • Does not receive respite services or payments from other programs including, but not limited to foster care, Family Support Assistance Payment, OAA Title III-E, ODMHSAS Systems of Care funding, or a DHS Child Care Subsidy.

The Care Receiver is an Oklahoma resident:

  • Age birth to 59 who needs help with activities of daily living (ADL) in order to stay at home in the community or who has neurological and organic brain dysfunction such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or traumatic brain injury; and,
  • Does not qualify for respite services or payments through any other program including, but not limited to, DHS Developmental Disability Services, SSI-DCP, OAA Title III-E, ADvantage waiver program, Medicare-funded home health services or hospice.

Where Can Respite Care Happen?

Respite care can be provided in the caregiver’s home, someone else’s home, a center-based program or care center, such as an adult day services center or nursing facility, as long as agreed to by the caregiver and respite care provider.

Who Can Be A Respite Care Provider?

  • The respite care provider can be anyone the caregiver chooses such as a family member, friend, church member, center-based program or care center.
  • The respite care provider must:
    • Be age 18 or older;
    • Have a social security number and social security card; and
    • Live outside the caregiver and care receiver’s home.

How Does the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program Work?

  • Caregivers contact 1-877-441-0434 to start the application process
  • An application and pre-voucher survey are mailed to eligible caregivers
  • Caregivers complete and return the application and pre-voucher survey to Robyn Boswell via email robyn-boswell@ouhsc.edu or mail 940 NE 13th, Nicholson Tower Suite 3800, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
  • Eligible caregivers receive $300 worth of respite vouchers
  • The caregiver negotiates the wage (within funding limits) and hires a respite provider of their choice (within guidelines)
  • After respite care is provided, the caregiver and respite provider sign the vouchers and mail them in the provided envelope to Sooner SUCCESS, 940 NE 13th, Nicholson Tower Suite 3800, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
  • Payment is mailed to the respite provider
  • The caregiver is asked to complete a post-voucher survey within 1 month after respite services have been received

“One person caring about another represents life's greatest value.” ~ Jim Rohn

The Lifespan Respite Grant Voucher program is funded by the ACL AoA, monitored by DHS Aging Services and operated by OUHSC Sooner SUCCESS

Download the application