Lifespan Respite Care Program


Project Summary


Grantee Organization:  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services


State:  North Carolina


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


Contact: Alicia Blater,


Project Overview:

The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Division of Medical Assistance, the Office of Long-Term Services and Supports, the North Carolina Respite Care Coalition and other key partners, seeks to enhance and expand the quality and availability of lifespan respite services for all age groups throughout North Carolina via consumer and provider educational and informational activities, volunteer and provider training, and resource development.


North Carolina will build upon prior successes and strengthen existing linkages to create a more coordinated system of respite services, improving access and reducing barriers to respite. The objectives are to: 1) Research, adapt and implement a model Lifespan Respite Care Program for NC; 2) Improve statewide coordination of lifespan respite care and build leadership capacity across service delivery systems; 3) Enhance infrastructure through new relationships with the faith and medical communities; and 4) Develop and implement an innovative statewide respite education and public awareness initiative.


Outcomes and Products:

Expected outcomes are: 1) Better informed caregivers of adults and children about respite services and how to access them; 2) Higher quality and more diverse and accessible respite options; 3) Enhanced database systems to improve information dissemination about and coordination of respite services; and 4) A stronger statewide respite care system.

Project products include: a web-based guide to NC lifespan respite services; a model public relations plan for NC respite services; a web-based guide highlighting best practice respite care worker and volunteer recruitment and training programs in NC; and a series of web-based, print, and video segments to help family caregivers.