2022 Wisconsin Respite Summit

The highly anticipated Wisconsin Respite Summit was held on July 13 & 14, 2022, at Poplar Hall in Appleton, WI. The Summit was an opportunity for community partners, family caregivers, care recipients, and professionals from around the state to network and increase awareness of respite care and develop a renewed and continuing commitment to services for Wisconsin families. 

On Day 1 of the Summit, Participants increased their knowledge and gained insights into grant activities, the importance of collective impact, our state’s respite landscape, and partner sharing. RCAW solicited feedback on federal grant activities, insights on increasing providers on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry, how to connect family caregivers better to respite care providers, and how to improve respite being achieved on the registry.

During Day 2 of the Summit, Kristin Forde, Cooperative Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Cooperatives, joined us to share co-op expertise. Participants of the Summit learned about: 

  • What is a Co-Op?
  • Types of Co-Ops
  • Home in on Worker Co-Ops and Hybrid Co-Op (consumer and workers?)
  • Co-Op Principles
  • How to Start Up a Co-Op?
  • Would a Co-Op be a good model for home and community-based services (HCBS), including respite?


A review of the 2021 WI Respite Summit

 We want to invite you to take The Wisconsin Respite Survey. The Wisconsin Respite Survey is an online survey of caregivers, care recipients, respite providers, and agencies.
Your input in this survey is significant to understand the current state of respite better. The survey is being conducted in partnership between the Marquette University College of Nursing, the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and the ARCH National Resource Network.
The purpose of the survey is to:
1. Assess and understand the current state of respite in Wisconsin by understanding who is receiving respite
2. Understand the availability and access to receiving respite
3. Understand the barriers to receive quality respite
4. Understand the respite care workforce
5. Understand how respite is used and what outcomes respite has

Data from July 01, 2020 – JULY 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training