Lifespan Respite
Technical Assistance Center

Emergency Respite

  • 13 Feb 2021 11:13 AM
    Reply # 10092376 on 10085441
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Robyn Boswell, Sooner Success, Oklahoma, Partner in the OK Lifespan Respite grant

    Oklahoma offers emergency vouchers through the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program.  It is a one-time, $300, voucher issued on a case-by-case basis for full-time, unpaid caregivers that have an unexpected need for support in caring for their loved one due to surgery or unexpected hospitalization, death in the family, or other unexpected situations.

    We provide funds for respite when no other voucher program provides emergency vouchers.  Caregivers can be receiving our typical vouchers or vouchers from other funding programs, as long as there is no duplication of service, and still receive an emergency voucher.

    The respite provider is chosen by the caregiver and is paid directly after the respite care has occurred.  The respite provider must be over 18 years old and have a social security card.

    There is no age limit and no specific diagnosis for the care receiver.

    We receive referrals from multiple sources – social workers, therapists, voucher program coordinators, doctor’s offices, schools staff, etc.

    We typically send one voucher and have a one month time limit for use, unless the circumstances warrant differently.  It is case-by-case.

  • 11 Feb 2021 4:41 PM
    Message # 10085441
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    South Carolina is interested in learning how other state respite programs are addressing emergency respite needs as they try to build their own capacity. They are particularly interested in what types of emergency respite states have implemented, any procedures or protocols for voucher programs, and any partnerships and/or agreements with other programs, (e.g., hospice, disability agencies, residential or nursing facilities) states may have initiated. They are especially interested in written guidance.

    Some Lifespan Respite grantee and partner emergency respite tools are posted on the ARCH website currently. Please let ARCH know if these need to be updated.

    Please post response or reply directly to Kathy Mayfield Smith or Joe Ward at the South Carolina Respite Coalition.

    Last modified: 11 Feb 2021 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Lifespan Respite

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