Lifespan Respite Care Program


Project Summary


Grantee Organization:  Illinois Department on Aging


State:  Illinois


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


Contact: Barbara Schwartz,


Project Overview:

The Illinois Department on Aging is implementing this three-year Lifespan Respite project in collaboration with the Illinois Respite coalition and other state and private organizations.  The goal of the project is to improve respite care access to all populations by establishing a centralized, comprehensive statewide listing of respite services and coordinated referral process; and train respite providers and volunteers.

To accomplish this goal, the project will address the following objectives: 1) create a respite website listing of all resources and training by geographic location; 2) provide respite services; 3) improve collaboration among state agencies that provide funding for respite services; 4) train caregivers and volunteers; 5) create a statewide respite task force; 6) create a statewide 800 respite number; 7) provide technical assistance and training materials for replication of the project; 8) create a public awareness campaign; and 9) evaluate the effectiveness of the project


Outcomes and Products:

Anticipated outcomes include: improved access to respite care programs for all populations; increased number of caregivers aware of respite services; increase collaboration between state respite programs; improved quality of life for caregivers; and improved coordination of services for respite care recipients.

Products resulting from this project will include a report of evaluation results; a respite Website; a replicable training program; and printed materials listing statewide respite resources.