Purpose: The purpose of the Lifespan Respite Care Grant Service is to offer the funding and resources to support caregivers of children with special needs or of adults who have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other public funding sources.

The need for respite care services may result from, but is not limited to, the following circumstances:

Eligibility Criteria

The individual receiving emergency respite care services will meet the following criteria:

Limits: Respite Funding

  • Respite funding is capped.
  • Providers must charge their usual and customary rate.

Respite Referrals/Application

  • Request for services will ONLY be accepted from agencies working with caregivers and care recipients.
  • Aging Services will NOT accept referrals directly from individuals, including caregivers, care recipients, family members, etc.
  • Aging Services must pre-approve all respite requests.
  • Retroactive requests for respite funding may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Lifespan Respite Care Grant Respite Care Application (SFN 548) should be submitted to

Information and Forms for Referring Agencies


Aging Services Division
1237 W. Divide Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58501
ND Aging & Disability Resource (855) 462-5465
711 (TTY)
Fax: (701) 328-8744