Is It Covered?

Search the A-Z list for a list of covered services. Your coverage and out-of-pocket costs may vary based on who you are and your health plan option.

Respite Care

TRICARE only covers respite care for the primary caregiver of active duty, Guard and Reserve service members injured in the line of duty.

  • No out-of-pocket costs
  • No benefit cap

Some respite care is also covered through TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option. >>Learn More

What is Respite Care?

Short-term care that provides temporary rest for primary caregiversFamily members or friends who care for the patient at home and assist with activities of daily living.. Through this benefit, primary caregivers may receive 8 hours of respite care, 5 days per calendar week.

Qualifying for Respite Care

Respite care is available to primary caregivers of service members who have a serious injury that has resulted in or may result in a physical disability or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition. The condition may be so severe that the service member is left homebound.

The service member's case manager (or other approving authorityIncludes the Reserve & Service Member Support Office, Service Point of Contact, referring military hospital or clinic, TRICARE Area Office, etc.) may approve respite care when the care plan includes frequent primary caregiver interventions (more than two during the eight-hour period per day that the primary caregiver would normally be sleeping).

ECHO Home Health Care

The Extended Care Health Option Home Health Care benefit provides skilled nursing and respite care for beneficiaries who qualify. >>Learn More

Disclaimer:

This A-Z list of topics is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers most inpatient and outpatient care that is medically necessary and considered proven. However, there are special rules or limits on certain types of care, while other types of care are not covered at all.

Last Updated 3/3/2014