Lifespan Respite Care Program

 

Project Summary

 

Grantee Organization: †Lieutenant Governorís Office on Aging

 

State:† South Carolina

 

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

 

Contact: Denise Rivers, riversd@aging.sc.gov

 

Project Overview:

 The Lieutenant Governorís Office on Aging, in partnership with the South Carolina Respite Coalition and Family Connection of SC, and key stakeholders will establish a state and local coordinated Lifespan Respite System that builds on the infrastructure in place.† The overall goal of this project is to improve access to respite services in South Carolina for all family caregivers of people of any age with any special need.

 

The objectives are to:† establish a state and local coordinated Lifespan Respite system that expands and enhances respite services statewide for all family caregivers of people with disabilities and special needs; establish a State Advisory Council to guide the development of the coordinated Lifespan Respite System; build networks and capacity at the local level to recruit and train volunteers to fill gaps in respite services, particularly in rural areas through partnerships with programs such as the Corporation for National Service (e.g., Americorp, VISTA, Service Learning, Senior Companions); provide outreach, information and screening for respite services through the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and the Family to Family Health Care Information and Education Center to encourage use and connect family caregivers with respite options as early as possible; and, disseminate information and reach out to family caregivers across the state and provide information and training materials to help them mobilize social supports for respite and to encourage earlier and increased use of respite.

 

Outcomes:

Anticipated outcomes include: greater collaboration across public agencies and private organizations that increases access to respite services, provides greater flexibility resulting in a positive change in the delivery of respite services; increased family caregiver knowledge, skills and ability to use respite services throughout their caregiving years; and contribution of new knowledge to the field for how Lifespan Respite Programs can harness volunteerism to expand respite options for families through partnerships with two of the largest volunteer efforts in the country: the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) and faith-based communities.