Respite Care

Are you the primary caregiver for someone injured on the line of duty, who is:

  • An active duty service member,
  • National Guard service member, or
  • Reserve service member?

TRICARE may cover respite care for you.

Respite care does not have:

  • Out-of-pocket costs, or
  • A benefit cap.

TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) also provides skilled nursing and respite care for those who qualify. >>Learn more.

What is Respite Care?

  • Short-term care that provides temporary rest for primary caregiversAnyone who takes care of the patient at home and helps with daily activities..
  • You may receive 8 hours of respite care per day. You can get care up to 5 days each week.

Qualifying for Respite Care

Respite care is available to you if you are a service member’s primary caregiver, and if your service member:

  • Has a serious injury that has or may result in a disability. This could include a physical disability, or another extraordinary physical or psychological condition.
  • Has a condition that leaves them homeboundTRICARE considers you homebound if you can’t leave your home without a lot of effort..
  • Requires frequent primary caregiver interventions (more than two during the eight-hour period per day that the primary caregiver would normally be sleeping).

This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 3/20/2022