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Beginning this week through the end of July, Virginia caregivers can apply to the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program and receive up to $400 in reimbursement for respite care through a federal grant.

Norma Draper of Hopewell knows just what this can mean. She's the full-time caregiver for her 27-year-old grandson, who has significant disabilities.

"You can actually get burned out by having respite. If you need to go to any kind of meetings... or training... and when I need care for that, that's my respite care," she says."

The federal grant totals just under $180,000, but Ellen Nau with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, says that could still help nearly 450 families.

"They can get a break to lower their stress level, and to be able to carry on with their caregiving duties.

Nau says the initiative is part of the effort to support a statewide network of coordinated caregiver respite services.

Finding the extra care provider is up to the family. They may consider in home care, a child or adult care center, or assisted living or nursing home respite programs.

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