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:


RCAW Respite Grant Program

Below are the dollars awarded to family caregivers, agencies, and new and existing programs to increase respite care statewide. To learn more about our grants, here.

Updated June 01, 2024 

Dollars Awarded to New & Existing Respite Provider Agencies
Dollars Awarded for the Group Respite Grant Program
Dollars Awarded for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Dollars Awarded for the Supplemental Respite Grant Program