Lifespan Respite Care Program
Grantee Organization: Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs
State: Rhode Island
Project Period: September 30, 2009 to September 29, 2012
Contact: Paulla Lipsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs (RI DEA) will implement a model of respite services across the lifespan and create the infrastructure across existing respite systems to enable greater awareness and access. Directed by DEA, The Point (RI’s Adult and Disability Resource Center), the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the RI Lifespan Respite Coalition, including RI’s Health and Human Services Agencies will join to develop the respite services designated for the Global Medicaid Waiver, and make respite an integral part of the TimeBanks program for family caregivers of persons of all ages with special needs. TimeBanks is a system whereby people receive one “Time Dollar” for every hour donated, and can then spend those dollars on receiving needed services.
The goal of the project is for every caregiver with a need for respite to have knowledge of available resources and access to those services for which they are eligible. Rhode Island’s approach will expand the TimeBanks program to include respite as an offering, and to develop a system across populations for referral and access to traditional and emergency respite care services.
Project objectives include, 1) coordinate and expand traditional planned emergency lifespan respite under the Global Medicaid Waiver; 2) expand statewide TimeBanks program to effectively serve as a volunteer lifespan respite program; and 3) disseminate project information to increase public awareness of available respite care services in all clinics, physician offices, and support agency offices.
The primary outcomes of this lifespan respite project are that a volunteer respite program serving family caregivers of persons across the lifespan is active and that recommended policies and procedures for the respite benefit in the Global Waiver will be complete. Key project indicators to be measured include: 1) number of persons using Medicaid respite; 2) numbers of persons accessing respite through TimeBanks by project’s end; 3) number of incidents annually; and 4) satisfaction with new respite services.