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Respite Resources during COVID-19

  • 06 Apr 2020 12:49 PM
    Reply # 8881912 on 8858728
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Deana Prest, NY State Office for the Aging

    The COVID-19 Form was developed by NYSOFA together with our vendor, PeerPlace. Any use of the COVID-19 form should acknowledge NYSOFA and PeerPlace.

    The Loneliness Scale tool was added to the NYSOFA Statewide Client Data System on April 3, 2020 as part of the comprehensive assessment and in the NY Connects and NY Connects Independent Living Centers (ADRC) workflow paths as additional screening.

  • 04 Apr 2020 1:42 PM
    Reply # 8878943 on 8858728
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Geene Felix Delaplane

    Kinship Care and Lifespan Respite Program Manager
    Home and Community Services/Aging & Long-Term Support Administration,Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

    In regards to the Lifeline/government phones that clients are able to receive.   I discovered the following information:

    Free cell phones and minutes are available to low income individuals through the Healthcare Authority and a federal program called Lifeline.  For information on the phone services and carriers go to: .  To apply, clients would go to:

    During the COVID emergency, Lifeline carriers are to allow unlimited minutes, currently at least until 5/20/20.  The status of the implementation of unlimited minutes for available Lifeline carriers are:

    Access Wireless -  will provide unlimited minutes until 6/21/20

    Assurance Wireless  - Website states Carrier will provide unlimited minutes until 5/20/20

    Budget Mobile – No information yet

    enTouch Wireless  - Carrier is working on a plan and expects to update their website to provide further details

    Life wireless -  is working on implementing a plan but has not provided a date when the plan will be implemented

  • 25 Mar 2020 5:13 PM
    Message # 8858728
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ARCH will continue to build a database of respite resources during COVID-19 on our website. Please share any ideas or resources including:

    1) Respite Voucher tools, written guidance or policy changes that help states or local programs continue to provide in-home respite services where permitted.

    2) Data collection tools or processes to document the impact of the pandemic on your respite programs and services.

    3) Alternative respite strategies or information for supporting family caregivers and care recipients to get a break at home (e.g., virtual, online, social media, phone, other?)

    Last modified: 25 Mar 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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