About Us

Respite Care is a short break from primary caregiving duties. It allows the caregiver an opportunity to rest, refresh, and recharge.


To promote, support, and expand quality, statewide respite care across the lifespan.  

Promote by initiating, sponsoring, and promoting educational programs, collaborating with other subject matter experts to increase outreach and opportunities for respite providers and primary caregivers.

Support through the utilization of our Respite Care Certification Program & Wisconsin Respite Care Registry, Caregiver Respite Grant Program, Group Respite Grant program, and our CORE Grant Program. 

Expand the pool of quality, trained respite care providers, and connect them to primary caregivers, in need of respite via the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry.

Lifespan – regardless of age, ranging from birth to end of life.

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (RCAW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 1987. In 1999, Wisconsin adopted the Lifespan Respite Care legislation and contracts with RCAW to administer the program. We are funded by state General Purpose Revenue (GPR) through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Watch the video, What is Respite Care? below:

Watch the video, Become a Respite Care Provider below:


Data from 2018 – December 2022

Number of individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Number of respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Total dollars we’ve provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Number of respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program