Lifespan Respite Care Program

 

Project Summary

 

Grantee Organization:  Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services

 

State:  Arizona

 

Project Period: September 30, 2009 to September 29, 2012

 

Contact: David Besst, dbesst@azdes.gov  

 

Project Overview:

The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services (ADES-DAAS), in a three-year collaborative partnership with members of the aging network, the disability community, the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, and Arizona State University will work to achieve the following goal:  Continue to develop the Arizona Lifespan Respite Care Program (LRCP) and provide public awareness related to the value and importance of respite care across the lifespan throughout Arizona, assuring culturally appropriate respite services are accessible to diverse populations of caregivers, including respite on short notice in emergency situations.

To accomplish this goal, the project will address the following objectives: 1) expand the reach of the LRCP to include all caregivers that could benefit from respite care, including caregivers of the elderly, disabled and children with special needs; 2) ensure LRCP’s effectiveness by offering consumer-directed service delivery, making respite care more accessible, practical, and culturally acceptable; 3) improve public awareness of the LRCP and respite care through a social marketing campaign and establishing a toll-free respite hotline, operated by trained volunteers coordinated by the Arizona Caregiver Coalition; 4) assure consistent delivery of respite care statewide through implementation of a new caregiver assessment tool developed by Arizona State University; and 5) coordinate provision of emergency respite to caregivers identified by Arizona’s Adult Protective Services to mitigate potentially abusive situations.

 

Outcomes and Products:

Anticipate outcomes of the Lifespan Respite Care Program include: 1) increased awareness of LRCP services; 2) improved access to respite care services; 3) enhanced ability to keep care recipients at home; and 4) improved ability to maintain independent activities. 

The products from this project will include a final report, evaluation results, cost analysis, annual data reports, and program materials for replication.