Respite Care

Easterseals Colorado supports caregivers through respite resources, and education.


Colorado Respite Coalition, a program of Easterseals Colorado

What is the Colorado Respite Coalition?

A program of Easterseals Colorado, the Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC) is a vital statewide resource for caregivers of individuals of all ages with extensive care needs. Working with a coordinated coalition of community partners, we promote awareness of and access to respite care services and resources that help improve the quality of life for caregivers and the individuals they care for.

What is Caregiving? In Colorado alone, there are an estimated 584,000 caregivers (AARP). A caregiver is someone who provides care and support for a friend or relative of any age with any extensive care needs. 

What is Respite? Respite is a short break for caregivers. Respite is the opportunity for a caregiver to step away, knowing that their loved one is well cared for, by bringing in professional care.


Our Programs

The CRC provides respite resources, information and referrals to support family caregivers accessing respite services. The CRC also operates programs to further increase respite access and awareness across the state, serving all ages and all special healthcare needs.

  • Family Respite Voucher Program - Financial assistance for family caregivers with limited access to respite throughout Colorado
  • Grant Opportunities - Competitive RFP process for agencies to expand programming and services with grant funding
  • Respite Coalitions - Local professional networks to share resources and strategize to improve respite in their region
  • Respite Navigation Guide - A guide to help family caregivers and professionals navigate respite funding sources, compensation, and resources
  • Respite Care Task Force - State-funded initiative to conduct a caregiver survey, marketing campaign, evaluation of policy, and training core competencies
  • Educational Programs - Trainings, events, and other programs for family caregivers and professionals
  • CO Caregiving Awareness Campaign - A marketing campaign to raise awareness of family caregivers and make connections to resources
  • Online Resource Finder - An online search tool to help locate and discover local respite providers, trainings and events, and other resources throughout the state

Family Caregivers

Respite care for you = better care for your loved one.
Respite care allows family caregivers to rest and renew, to help support and maintain their well-being. Family caregivers face unique joys and challenges in their care for loved ones. The CRC helps connect family caregivers with respite resources and information. The CRC support family caregivers caring for loved ones of any age and any extensive care needs.

  • What Is Respite Care? Respite care is usually defined as temporary relief for family caregivers from the ongoing responsibility of caring for an individual of any age with special needs. 
  • Choose a Respite Provider - It is essential to vet providers and ask questions to determine that it is the right fit for the person receiving care and for the family caregiver's peace of mind.
  • Paying For Respite - Most respite providers typically charge an hourly rate or a flat rate. There are a variety of government, community, nonprofit and individuals funding streams available to pay for respite services.
  • Compensation for Caregiving - Many family caregivers may have the opportunity to be reimbursed or paid for some of their time spent caregiving. Such opportunities may benefit the primary caregivers and family unit.
  • Resources: Where To Start - Colorado has a coordinated system to support those with special health care needs and connecting them with appropriate services.
  • Self Care - Caring for yourself is an important part of providing quality care for others. Explore these videos and resources to learn more about building a self care routine. 
  • Caregiving Skills Resources - Explore these videos and guides that provide some tips and strategies for various caregiving skills. Thank you to PASCO for their partnership in creating these resources. 
  • FAQ - Answering frequent and common questions regarding caregiving and respite for Colorado.


A respite provider is an individual that provides temporary relief to family caregivers by offering in-home or out-of-home care to the individual with special health care needs. This direct service gives family caregivers a break to rejuvenate and refresh. Respite providers work as full-time professionals, part-time employees, and volunteers. 

  • Being A Respite Provider - A respite provider is an individual that provides temporary relief to family caregivers by offering in-home or out-of-home care to the individual with special health care needs. This direct service gives family caregivers a break to rejuvenate and refresh.
  • Become A Respite Provider - Being a respite care professional provider can be incredibly rewarding work. Respite providers can make a valuable difference in the lives of caregivers and individuals receiving care.
  • Training - There is no standardized or statewide certification or training requirement to be a respite provider in the state of Colorado. Most respite care agencies have mandatory staff trainings.
  • Get Involved - The CRC is a network of respite providers, family caregivers and community partners striving to improve respite care access and awareness.
  • FAQ - What is a respite care provider? Who can be a respite care provider? What are the benefits of being a respite care provider?...
  • Register A Provider - Register a respite provider with our online form. All registered resources are reviewed by our team and added to our online resource finder.

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Contact Us

393 S Harlan St, Suite 250, Lakewood, CO 80226
303.233.1666 x8 
Megan Bettinger -

"Navigating Respite Care in Colorado"

Become A Respite Provider - Video

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