Respite Care

Adults age 55 and older who are full-time caregivers of relative children face many challenges. It is important for caregivers to focus on parenting, but also to remember to take care of their own needs.

The Kinship Care Respite Program is a resource offered through the Tri County Office on Aging for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton county residents and the Area Agency on Aging Region 1-B for Washtenaw county residents.

The Kinship Care Respite Program was developed to provide rest, relief, and a break from everyday caregiving. This program will assist the full-time caregiver by helping to arrange and pay for an activity for their child to attend.

Activities may include*:

  • Day care
  • Sports camp
  • Summer class
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Afterschool care/activities

Who Is Eligible to Participate in This Program?
Kinship caregivers must be:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Full-time caregivers of children under the age of 18
  • Permanently reside in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, or Washtenaw counties

How Much Does This Program Cost?
There is no cost to eligible caregivers in the Tri-County area or Washtenaw county. The Tri-County program is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act grant provided to Tri-County Office on Aging through the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency. Support for the program in Washtenaw County comes from the Area Agency on Aging Region 1-B.

Contact the Kinship Care Resource Center for more information at 517-355-9600 or email kinship@msu.edu
Toll Free 1-800-535-1218

*Funds are capped at $250 and available to eligible Kinship Caregivers on a first come, first served basis.