About Us

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

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

Promote by the advocacy of valuable programs for family caregivers and respite care providers and collaborating with other subject matter experts to increase outreach opportunities.

Support through research and the Respite Care Provider Training & Wisconsin Respite Care Registry, StartUP Grant Program, Caregiver Respite Grant Program, Supplemental Respite Grant Program, and Group Respite Grant Program.

Expand the pool of quality, trained respite care providers with free training opportunities and connect them to family caregivers needing respite care.  

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 – March 2023

Individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Dollars RCAW provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program