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U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Respite Care through the VA is for caregivers of qualifying wounded veterans, a program that provides short-term but extremely important relief from caregiving duties while ensuring the veteran has the care needed without interruption.

Respite Care

As a family caregiver, it can be hard to find time for a much-needed break from your daily routine and care responsibilities so that you have some time for yourself. Respite is time for relaxing and renewing your own energy, and respite care can provide you with the time to do that. If a Veteran requires a caregiver, you are eligible to receive up to 30 days of respite care per year. The care can be offered in a variety of settings including at your home or through temporary placement of a Veteran at a VA Community Living Center, a VA-contracted Community Residential Care Facility, or an Adult Day Health Care Center. Respite care may also be provided in response to a family caregiver's unexpected hospitalization, a need to go out of town, or a family emergency.

VA Respite Care Fact Sheet

Who do I contact to learn more about the Respite Care available through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs?

Call Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274

The VA will:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from the VA.
  • Help you access services and benefits.
  • Connect you with your local family Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center.


Call a VA Medical Center located near you:

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
2501 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-336-3230

VA Black Hills Health Care System
Fort Meade Campus
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
Phone: 605-347-2511 | 800-743-1070

Hot Springs Campus
500 North 5th Street
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone: 605-745-2000 | 800-764-5370