Army Community Services has received Department of the Army funding for Respite Care for family members of Active-Duty personnel enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Respite Care is a program providing a temporary rest period for family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided either in the respite care user’s home or a caregiver’s home. Eligibility for Respite Care is based on the Exceptional Family Member’s medical condition, educational condition and deployment needs. A qualifying family is eligible to receive a maximum of 40 hours care monthly for each certified EFM.

Once the enrollment process is completed and eligibility approved, the care provided is completely free of charge.

For details, call Judy Eoff, the EFMP program manager at (804) 734-6393 or 734-7965.

Caring for an Exceptional Family Member begins with taking care of yourself as the primary caregiver. The care provider can come to family member’s home. ACS has established a partnership with local agencies that ensure all caregivers are properly trained in specialized care of others (i.e., nurses are licensed and aides are certified and trained).