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Last Updated 05/22/2019
Because caregiving can be a lot of work, we wanted to make your job a little easier. We put together a list of organizations and state agencies in Arkansas that either provide respite care or provide a funding source for respite. The resources are searchable by county.
If you are a respite provider and would like to add your name to this locator list, please complete the Available Respite Programs and Services Form and email to ARLifespan.Respite@dhs.arkansas.gov.
DHS has partnered with the UAMS-Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program to provide FREE respite training for volunteer respite providers, family caregivers, and community and faith-based groups (7.0 hours CEU may be given to Nursing Home Administrators and/or Licensed Nurses). CLICK HERE TO DOWN VOLUNTEER RESPITE TRAINING FLIER
To register for one of the training opportunities listed below, please contact the person below identified for your area:
June 20-21, 2019- Springdale, AR (broken into two half days)
July 18-19, 2019- Ft Smith, AR (broken into two half days)
Lana Howard- LJHoward@uams.edu
August 7, 2019- Texarkana, AR
Stacy Hatfield- SLHatfield@uams.edu
August 8, 2019- Jonesboro, AR
Janet Whitten- WhittenJanetL@uams.edu
August 8, 2019- Hot Springs, AR
Linda Willey- LSWilley@uams.edu
August 22, 2019- El Dorado, AR
Nicole Yarborough- NYarborough@uams.edu
TBA- Pine Bluff, AR
Sheila Palmer-Harrod- SGPalmerHarrod@uams.edu
Arkansas Lifespan Respite Voucher Program
See below for a list of approved Grantees funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Grant to provide respite services for Arkansans. The purpose of this funding is to support and encourage the provision of services to additional family caregivers at no cost to the families involved through respite mini-grants. The ultimate goal is to generate actual respite for family caregivers and others providing informal care for someone of any age with a special need.
((Mini-grant funding made available through the Lifespan Respite Program Grant initiative awarded to Arkansas Department of Human Serviecs- Divison of Provider Services and Quality Assurance by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Grant #90LRLI0019))
- Notice of Funding Opportunity issued on April 15, 2019 to be due on May 3, 2019 for the funds in the amount of $8,000.
- Anticipated Award Announcements are scheduled for May 10, 2019.
- Grant funding available from June 10, 2019 through August 31, 2019.
GRANTEES (Listed in alphabetical order):
Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas, Inc.- Area Agency on Aging Respite Care
Contact: Shannon Montez, Grants and Housing Supervisor
Address: 524 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901
Serving: Statewide (particularly Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Scott, Polk, and Logan counties)
Alzheimer's Arkansas- Lifespan Caregiver Respite Grants
Contact: Erika Cross, Grants Director
Address: 201 Markham Center Dr, Little Rock AR 72205
Arkansas Autism Foundation- Summer Caregiver Respite Voucher Program
Contact: Cindy Fong, AAF Respite Grant Coordinator
Address: 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Ste 103 #112, Little Rock AR 72223
Riley's Warriors- Summer Music Respite Program
Contact: Cindy Fong, Summer Music Respite Program Coordinator
Address: P.O. Box 13865, Maumelle, AR 72113
Serving: Little Rock/North Little Rock area (including Conway, Maumelle, Jacksonville/Cabot, Bryant/Benton)
Riley's Warriors- Summer Yoga Respite For Caregivers
Contact: Cindy Fong, Yoga Respite Grant Coordinator
Address: P.O. Box 13865, Maumelle, AR 72113
Serving: Central Arkansas area (including Conway, Benton/Bryant, Cabot/Jacksonville, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Maumelle)
ARCH National Respite Network
ALS Association- Respite Care
American Psychological Association
Caregiver Action Network
Lifespan Respite Care Program
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Family Caregiver Support Program
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
VA Caregiver Support