Montana Holding Lifespan Respite Summit

According to a recent news release, the goal of the Summit is to address the sustainability needs of respite for Montana caregivers. The Lifespan Respite Program reaches caregivers caring for loved ones regardless of age, disability, chronic illness or individuals at risk for abuse or neglect. 

“Montana caregivers provide 110 million hours of care at an estimated value of over $1.4 billion annually, as identified in the AARP Valuing the Invaluable:  2015 Update”.

“The need for respite for family caregivers continues to grow with the aging of the baby boomer generation and increased desire for home and community based services,” said Kelly Williams of the DPHHS Senior and Long Term Care Division. “At the same time, quality respite options are in short supply for all family caregivers.”

The Montana Respite Voucher program, launched in July of 2015, provides needed financial support for unpaid family caregivers to get a short break from their caregiving responsibilities. 

FMI  Read the news release here