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Respite providers help people of all ages with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Make a real difference in the lives of others.

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Do you provide respite care for those who dedicate their time and energy to caring for their ill or disabled loved ones? Thank you. We do too. At Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network we care for those who care for others. It is our mission to educate Nebraskans on the respite services available, as well as industry accomplishments, that make their lives as a family caregiver a little easier.

Respite offers family caregivers a temporary break from the ongoing demands of caring for their loved one. Our respite providers work closely with family caregivers to determine the best options for respite in the home or in the community. Those eligible for training as respite providers—both paid and volunteer—must be over the age of 14. However, requirements to provide paid respite vary by program or funding source.

Respite Care is:

  • Directed by the family
  • Individualized to meet the needs of the care receiver and family
  • Providing a meaningful experience for the care receiver

Care is provided:

  • In the family's home
  • The provider's home
  • In the community

Respite Provider Frequently Asked Questions

Clients who are program-eligible for the Lifespan Respite Services program can utilize the program-authorized subsidy for payment of respite services. To become a Network screened provider of respite and eligible for payment of services via the Lifespan Respite subsidy, the following steps must be completed:

  • Provider Application
  • Background Checks (free of charge)
  • Online Provider Orientation

Reach out to the local Respite Coordinator with any questions or for additional information.

To avoid unnecessary duplication of screening requirements, please reach out to the local Respite Coordinator to verify the status with a DHHS-authorized representative. Not all programs require the same background checks but, together, we will make every effort to prevent delays in the processing of provider applications and Network screening steps.

No, however, the advantage is being linked 24/7 with family caregivers in your area through the Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS). Caregivers can contact you directly to discuss respite care needs if you choose to list your contact information on the NRRS website.

Providers that wish to remain private can indicate on their application if they do not wish to be listed on the NRRS website.

Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network Online Provider Orientation The demand for skilled respite care providers in Nebraska is growing! The purpose of this free orientation is to give you basic information about what to expect as a respite provider. Feel free to start and stop the orientation as needed to fit your schedule. Most are able to complete the orientation in about one hour. You will receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing the orientation.

The NE Lifespan Respite Network also compiles a courtesy provider calendar of local, state and national training events.

Provider Tools

  • icon Individual Provider Application
  • icon Agency | Organization Application
  • icon Provider Orientation
  • icon Online Training

icon Individual Provider Application

Individual Provider Application

Applications for individuals interested in becoming a respite provider either paid or volunteer.


Fill-able Applications
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Agency | Organization Application

Applications for organizations interested in becoming a respite provider either paid or volunteer.


Fill-able Applications

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Provider Orientation

The purpose of The NLRN Online Provider Orientation is to give you basic information about what it takes to be a respite provider. The become a NLRN Provider, this orientation is mandatory. The goal is to provide an online orientation for individuals who are interested in becoming respite providers for the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network. Current respite providers who have not taken the orientation are also encouraged to do so.

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Online Training

Online training, also known as e-learning, has become increasingly popular in recent years, providing a flexible and accessible platform for individuals to acquire new skills or enhance existing ones. Online training offers diverse learning materials such as video lectures, interactive quizzes, and collaborative forums, allowing participants to engage with course content at their own pace.

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