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Lifespan Respite Network provides families and caregivers with relief from the ongoing demands of providing care for their loved one with special needs.  This break allows them the opportunity to rejuvenate themselves and provide the quality of care all of our loved ones deserve.  Respite care is a critical way communities can provide care for those caring for others, and to assist them in keeping the family unit intact.  The value of respite cannot be overstated.  It reduces stress in families, prevents costly out-of-home placements, and prevents child/elder abuse and neglect.  Respite care also serves to enhance the families coping abilities, increases caregiver physical and mental well being, and provides the caregiver with an opportunity for social activities and community involvement.   

“Families are Wisconsin’s most important resource.  Citizens and policymakers agree that accessible respite care services and related supports are essential to the preservation and well being of the family.  Being a caring caregiver can be a rewarding and often challenging job.  To provide good care, caregivers need to take care of themselves."

- Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, Inc. -

One of the primary purposes of respite is to provide relief to the caregiver from the demands of caring for someone with special needs.  Many families don’t realize that respite care is available to them or they don’t know where to find a service.  The Lifespan Respite Network is a non-profit organization which is a program of the Epilepsy Foundation of South Central Wisconsin.  DCLRN provides services such as an informational resource for families, training for someone who would like to provide respite care, financial assistance and free respite opportunities for families.  Lifespan Respite Network maintains a registry that caregivers can access.  The providers are trained by the family for the needs of the person with special needs and the family pays the provider.  The cost for respite varies based on provider and a limited number of stipends are available to help subsidize the cost of care.  Everyone needs a break for themselves and respite provides the caregiver with a well deserved break and an opportunity to rejuvenate themselves. 

The Lifespan Respite Network offers:
  • Information and referral to area respite care  
  • Stipends to assist in paying for valuable
    respite care;
  • Scholarships to assist in paying for Summer recreational programming;
  • Scholarships to assist in paying for 1:1 mentorship matches;
  • Sharing training opportunities and support for respite care
  • Community education and information;
  • & Free community respite events.  

Sponsored in part by:
United Way of Dodge County

Do you, your family or someone you know need respite assistance? 
This is a part-time office.  If no-one is available to answer your call, please leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.



112 1/2 South Spring Street, Suite #7

Beaver Dam, WI  53916

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