About Us

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


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

Promote by advocating 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:


Overview of RCAW Respite Grant Programs

Updated February 01, 2024 

Dollars provided to new and existing respite care agencies to increase respite across the state
Dollars provided to agencies through the Group Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers through the Supplemental Respite Grant Program