Program Description

Close to 200,000 Rhode Islanders serve as caregivers for loved ones; parents raising profoundly disabled children, siblings caring for brothers/sisters with Traumatic Brain Injury, spouses caring for disabled veterans and adult children caring for elderly parents. The CareBreaks Program helps pay for a break for caregivers caring for a disabled loved one of any age. The Diocese of Providence receives funding for CareBreaks through the Federal Lifespan Respite Care Program.


  • Respite care for caregivers of disabled or severely ill veterans.
  • Respite care may be provided by volunteers or through a paid agency.
  • Caregivers may choose from a variety of types of respite breaks: a trained volunteer or worker in the home, attendance at an Adult Day Center, or an overnight stay or several days in an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Facility.
  • Families pay a cost share towards the service they receive and the CareBreaks program pays the rest. The cost share is based on the income of the care recipient.


  • RI resident.
  • Requiring care due to disability or severe illness.
  • Not eligible for other state and federal respite care.
  • The program is open to both veterans and non-veterans, but veterans are a target population.

How To Apply

Contact Info


401-421-7833 Ask for CareBreaks.
One Cathedral Square
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

About Diocese of Providence

The Diocese of Providence is a geographic delineation for a community of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics. In 2011, Diocesan outreach programs served more than 325,375 individuals in Rhode Island through its various hospitals ... MORE