Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
Even the most amazing caregivers need a temporary break now and then to take time for themselves and to be able to seek needed assistance and support.
The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is a collaborative partner with the Department of Human Service Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) for the Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite Program. The Coalition is represented by family caregivers, respite providers, and members of the aging, disability and health services networks. Everyone is welcome.
Respite (ress' - pit)
Respite is simply a way of giving a temporary or short-term break to caregivers.
Respite can be provided in a variety of settings:
- The family's home
- A relatives home
- A community setting
- A day care center
- Faith-based respite programs
Arkansas Lifespan Respite Project
The purpose of the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition (ALRC) is to build a statewide system to identify and coordinate respite care options for families regardless of age, special need, or other characteristic of the person needing care. The Division of Aging and Adult Services in the Arkansas Department of Human Services serves as the central point of contact for the Arkansas Lifespan Respite project across the state.
The ALRC began meeting in March 2013 as an outcome of the 2013 Lifespan Respite Summit that brought together stakeholders statewide who were interested in improving respite services in Arkansas. Since that meeting, the ALRC has continued to meet monthly and in 2014 was awarded a Lifespan Respite Grant that provides funding to help the ALRC attain its goal. For more information please click on the ALRC Educational Booklet.
The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is a collaborative partner with the Department of Human Service Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) for the Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite Program. Even the most amazing caregivers need a temporary break now and then to take time for themselves and to be able to seek needed assistance and support.
The Coalition serves as a strong voice for respite throughout the state to promote awareness and help families locate repite care services in their communities. DAAS supports the Coalition in its goal to improve awareness and access of respite information and services available in Arkansas by providing this important information on the Choices in Living website.
The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition currently meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Arkansas Department of Human Services at 700 Main Street in Little Rock. The Coalition is represented by family caregivers, respite providers, and members of the aging, disability and heath services networks. Everyone is welcome.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
If you plan to attend, please notify us in advance for room location and to have your name put on the guest list at the front desk by calling 1-866-801-3435.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is to improve awareness and access of respite information and services available to families across age and disability spectrums by expanding and coordinating existing respite systems in Arkansas.
Arkansas will partner with multiple state and local agencies representing all ages, populations and disabilities/chronic illnesses to achieve the following objectives:
- Organize state and local partnerships to expand and enhance respite care resources thatserve the lifespan;
- Provide training and recruitment of respite care workers and volunteers;
- Provide online information about available respite and support services
- Streamline access to respite services through the Choices in Living Aging and Disability Resource Center; and
- Conduct marketing and education activities to increase the public's awareness of respite.
Create an environment within Arkansas where respite and crisis care are readily available andeasily accessible to all caregivers through education and awareness
To support and promote the development of a comprehensive statewide respite and crisis care system that is responsive to the needs of caregivers and their families, and enhances the quality of life for all individuals.
We will consider all suggestions from coalition members and make decisions based on consensus as we are one team with one vision and one mission.
We will offer all members of the coalition the opportunity to participate in coalition decision making.
We will promote respite/facilitate services that are respectful of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of families it serves, without preference for a select demographic group or disability population.
Because families and caregivers have different needs at different times, we will encourage and support the development of both planned and crisis care programs.
We will support and encourage respite care programs that offer consumer driven and individually chosen services.
We have a commitment to excellence and professionalism with integrity, honesty and ethical behavior guiding all of our efforts.
We will collaborate and build partnerships with those who share the vision and values of the organization.
We will ensure the diversity of ideas, cultures, ethinicities and backgrounds shall provide the foundation of the organization's efforts.
We will ensure financial strength to accomplish the goals set by the organization.