Lifespan Respite Care Program


Project Summary


Grantee Organization:  Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division


State:  Nevada


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


Contact: Todd Butterworth,


Project Overview:

The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), in collaboration with project partners - Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH); the Alzheimer’s Association – Northern Nevada/Northern California and Desert Southwest chapters; the local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC); and the Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Coalition - will work together to develop a coordinated, comprehensive system of information dissemination and service delivery called the Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Program.  The goal of this project is to improve access to respite services and to develop a network of services, including training for caregivers and service providers through collaboration, outreach and volunteer utilization, particularly in rural areas for care recipients of all ages through training, volunteer recruitment and the development of quality standards.


To accomplish this goal, the project will address the following objectives: 1) create a “Respite Care network” in partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Associations, ADRCs, CCLRCBH and the Lifespan Respite Care Coalition affording family caregivers an information portal for accessing respite care, training, and peer support; 2) improve the quality of respite care services available throughout Nevada through the development of quality standards; 3) provide group and individual training to family caregivers, respite workers and volunteers via web resources, interactive video-conference technology, face-to-face sessions and DVDs; and 4) empower family caregivers to solicit, train and employ volunteers to provide needed respite in their communities.


Outcomes and Products:

            The project will focus on four primary outcomes focused on caregivers and care recipients that include: community outreach that builds on existing models and employs the train-the-trainer model; education to assist caregivers and train respite workers; access to services will be increased through network development; and improved quality of services.

            Products from the project will include training materials for program implementation, cost analysis, project report, newsletters, and conference presentations.