You Can’t Pour

From An Empty Cup

Tennessee's Resource for Caregivers Respite Caregiving Seniors

What is Respite Care?

Identify yourself as a caregiver, and understand what respite care involves.

Let Us Help

Find resources that allow you to take a break from caregiving.

Get Involved

There is a way for you to help. See how you can benefit family caregivers in need.

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The Tennessee Caregiver Coalition provides resources that enable caregivers to reclaim a little piece of themselves
and restore balance to their lives and relationships.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which caregivers are fully supported, connected and uplifted each day.

Our Mission

The mission of the Tennessee Caregiver Coalition is to be responsive to the needs of caregivers by providing relief and support services.

Our Organizational Values

PEOPLE CARING in Tennessee

Whether you would like to donate time, talent, money or items, we have a way for you to help. Your gift will help family caregivers to have the respite they need.

Respite Care gives you time to Recharge

Take a break by utilizing the services & resources provided by the TN Caregiver Coalition.


Need Help?

Call our Helplines

We can help provide assistance to those in need. Simply reach out to us through our helpline number. We are available during business hours.

(615) 269-8687

Our History

In 1996, a small group of individuals interested in respite met to discuss the status of respite in Tennessee. They called themselves the Tennessee Caregiver Coalition and set goals of raising respite awareness and increasing respite services in Tennessee. This group received funding to further their efforts, which included developing a universal access point for respite and organizing Respite Awareness Days at the state Capitol. By 2000, the work had expanded to create a need for a full-time coordinator. At this time, the organization operated from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. As the organization evolved, the TCC transformed into an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, which allowed it to receive grants and donations to support respite services. In 2006, Congress passed the Lifespan Respite Act. Three years later, Tennessee was one of the first seven states to receive a three-year Lifespan Respite grant. Through its work, the TCC has gained national presence and developed connections with respite leaders across the country. Today, the original goals set by that small group of volunteers in 1996 still remain at the heart of the TCC’s mission to enhance the quality of life for caregivers throughout Tennessee.