Lifespan Respite Services Program

For more information about the Respite Network call 1-800-736-7491


Respite across the lifespan is defined as birth to death and includes populations of children and adults with disabilities or special health care needs, physical disabilities, chronic illness, emotional and behavioral disorders that require supervision, the frail elderly, those with Alzheimer’s, and any individual at risk of abuse and neglect.

The purpose of the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network is to be a single contact point for providers and families seeking respite resources. The focus of the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network is to place efforts in statewide respite awareness, marketing, and respite provider recruitment and respite training resources and ongoing family / caregiver matching with respite providers.

Location: Northern Service area – Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne & Washington Counties

Central Service area – Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Franklin, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Sherman, Valley, Webster & Wheeler Counties

Coordinator:  (308) 745-0780 Ext. 122 or Respite Program Assistant:  Ext. 146 or Respite Program Specialist:  Ext. 139 and Ext. 145.  

"Providing care is a way of life and is just what we do but when you provide care day in and out to someone with disabilities it can be emotionally and physically draining.  Respite is a big word for something very simple and for me it often means date night so my husband can get away.  It's these short breaks in the normal routine that allow me to recharge and regain some of my sanity.  If I don't recharge and take a break I can feel myself becoming exhausted, which sometimes leads to illness.  If I'm ill who then will care for my kids?  So taking care of myself and taking a break is something I regularly do." LD