Lifespan Respite
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Respite Provider Training and Recruitment Resources

For additional state and national respite provider training resources, see main ARCH webpage.


Easter Seals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition have initiated the creation of a training database, as recommended by the Colorado Respite Care Task Force. The training database will connect both professional and family caregivers to a variety of training sessions, workshops, webinars, etc. that best fit their needs. Such training could range from physical caregiving to Direct Service Worker accreditation, health and wellbeing, and financial and legal planning. The purpose of the training database is to create a more streamlined pathway for caregivers to locate the training they need and get a more complete picture of training availability across Colorado. For a current list of training resources in CO, see the Coalition website.


The Nebraska Lifespan Respite Program and a team of respite partners created an online respite provider training to serve the needs of providers across divisions of the NE Department of Health and Human Services. To maintain their listing on the state's respite registry, all NE Lifespan Respite Network screened providers must satisfactorily complete the training. The online Respite Provider training is being incorporated into a Student Service Learning college pilot curriculum. This pilot, being implemented statewide beginning July 2017, offers a respite certificate for certified nursing assistant students. Additional training modules for specific topics of interest to respite providers to improve the quality and effectiveness of a respite experience for the family caregiver and care receiver are planned. To see the training, you must establish an account with NE's Answers4Families. Additional training information and calendar are available from the NE Lifespan Respite Network.

Provider Recruitment Tools

Respite Provider Brochure

Respite Provider Orientation Booklet

Recognizing Providers

Provider Recognition Nomination Form

Provider Update Letter

Provider Certificate

Network Scoring Sheet

New Hampshire

NH Lifespan Respite Provider Curriculum

State Registry Consent Forms

Enrollment Request for Respite Training 

South Carolina

The SC Respite Coalition developed a respite training course for the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs’ (DDSN) Family-Selected Respite Services. This training is an open-entry, self-paced, online course. It has been designed to provide the basic information that is needed to meet the minimum training requirements to participate in DDSN’s Family-Selected Respite program. Training has been developed for two groups: 1) Consumers and Families (Primary Caregivers); and 2) Respite Caregivers (Individual Respite Providers). Read more.


Wisconsin Lifespan Caring Network Training. Easter Seals Wisconsin and Respite Care Association of Wisconsin developed a Lifespan Caring Network Training to prepare providers with required skills to provide in-home respite care for individuals with a variety of disabilities, including highly challenging behaviors, and basic medical and personal care needs.Lifespan Caring Network Training is and online course, and is designed for people providing care to individuals of varying disabilities and ages. The course covers: Disability Basics, Lifts & Transfers, Personal Care/ Daily Living Skills, Medication Administration, Communication Techniques, Abuse and Neglect, Caring for Challenging Behaviors, Free Time Activities, and Making Connections (meeting/ training with the family). Participants work at their own pace and makes use of videos, worksheets and quizzes to test the knowledge of participants. For more information, contact the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin.  See also flyers for recruiting providers

Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance Center

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

4016 Oxford Street

Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 256-2084

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is a division of the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. | 800 Eastowne Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 |



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