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2017 Calls

  • March 29, 2017  A Conversation with Experts on Cultural Diversity: Applications for Respite Services

2016 Calls

  • March 30, 2016   Opportunities from the Corporation for National and Community Service to Expand and Support Respite
  • July 13, 2016   Using Technology to Implement and Sustain Lifespan Respite Activities
  • November 30, 2016  Sharing your Vision for Lifespan Respite, a conversation with Kevin Foley, Administration for Community Living (ACL)


2015 Calls

  • January 28, 2015   Training and Recruitment of Respite Providers and Volunteers – Examples from State Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners
  • March 11, 2015   Fundamentals of Developing and Implementing Respite Vouchers, Part 2
  • April 22, 2015   Responding with State Strategies to Engage Employers, Conversation with Grace Whiting, National Alliance for Caregiving
  • July 22, 2015  November 2015 - Respite as the Theme for National Family Caregivers Month 

2013-14 Calls:

  • January 9, 2014   Marketing Respite to Family Caregivers: Examples from State Lifespan Respite Initiatives
  • June 9, 2014   Linking Lifespan Respite to your State’s Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) Initiatives
  • July 10, 2014   The Fundamentals of Developing and Implementing Voucher Respite, Part 1
 
2011-13 Calls:
  • March 19, 2013   Strategic Planning for Lifespan Respite: Why is it important and how is it done?
  • January 30, 2013   Planning for Lifespan Respite Grant Activities: Beyond the First Three Years 
  • November 7, 2012   ARCH Update and Open Discussion on Lifespan Respite Program 

A Conversation with Experts on Cultural Diversity: Applications for Respite Services, March 29, 2017

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hour 25 min

Presenters:

  • Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director and Becky Owl Morgan, Elder Equity Project Coordinator, The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
  • Angie Boddie, Director of Health Programs, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA)
  • Heather Chun, Director of Technical Assistance, The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
  • Tim Johnston, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
  • Carmela Lacayo, President and CEO, The National Association for Hispanic Elderly/AsociaciĆ³n Nacional Pro Personas Mayores

Call Description: This call will introduce lifespan respite grantees and partners to resources on cultural diversity. On this call, experts from National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors' Equity, a consortium of five national resource centers in the aging network (see below) will share their expertise and resources on culturally relevant approaches to service delivery specific to the populations they serve. However, the call will be focused on soliciting grantees' and partners' training and technical assistance needs in this area.

Discussion Questions:

1) Do any Lifespan Respite programs have any ongoing work with American Indian / Alaska Native, African American / Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Hispanic, or LGBT communities?

2) What resources would be helpful to aid Lifespan Respite programs in connecting with diverse populations (e.g. webinars, fact sheets, toolkits)?

3) Do any Lifespan Respite programs have any contacts with Indian Health Service (IHS)?

4) Have any of you had experience introducing the concept of respite care into hard-to-reach urban/rural dwelling families that traditionally look towards family members and close friends to care for a loved one (e.g. African American, AAPI families)? If so, what strategies were most successful?

5) What strategies have Lifespan Respite programs found helpful in connecting with limited- English proficient communities?

Resource:

Fact Sheet from the National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors' Equity


Sharing your Vision for Lifespan Respite, a conversation with Kevin Foley, ACL, November 30, 2016

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hour 21 min

Discussion Questions:

The purpose of the teleconference was to continue the discussion with Kevin Foley, ACL, begun at the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium in Denver last September, share additional thoughts with the group as a whole, and provide an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the Learning Symposium to offer their input into the future implementation of the Lifespan Respite Program and the structure and content of the Lifespan Respite Care Program Funding Opportunity Announcements.  Notes from the discussion on September 23, 2016 can be found here.  

The discussion centered on these questions:

1. What did you like about the past Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) from ACL (scroll down on this page to see archived FOAs)?

2. What changes in content or format would you like to see in future FOAs?

3. If you received a new Lifespan Respite Care Program award, what would you do with it?

4. What is your vision for the future of the Lifespan Respite Care Program?

Using Technology to Implement and Sustain Lifespan Respite Activities, July 13, 2016

Click here to listen to or download call recording and see screen shares. Duration of Recording: 1 hour 27 min

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Presenters:
  • Sharon Johnson, Program Coordinator, Lifespan Respite and Disabled Persons & Family Support, Division of Children and Family Services, NE Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, NE
  • Cheyenne Pasquale, ADRC Project Manager, Aging and Disability Services Division, NV Department of Health and Human Services, Las Vegas, NV

Call Description:

Most of us rely on technology – cell phones, websites, YouTube, internet registries and calendars, apps – to just get through the day. Some State Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners are expanding the way they use these tools to help implement Lifespan Respite activities, including data collection, resource sharing, messaging, provider training, and more! Lifespan respite grantees will share some innovative ways they have looked to technology to help expand their reach, improve the quality of their activities, and embed respite and caregiver information that can be more easily sustained.


Opportunities from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to Expand and Support Respite, March 30, 2016

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hour 25 min

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Presenters: 

  • Jennifer Abernathy, Executive Director, Tennessee Respite Coalition, Nashville, TN, will describe how they use Senior Companions to provide respite. She will be accompanied by Robin Corindo, Tennessee State Program Director for CNCS.
  • Kelle Sweeney, Education Coordinator, Friends in Action, Boise, ID will describe how they recruit and utilize Legacy Corps volunteers for their caregiver support program.
  • Felicia Anfuso, Project Coordinator, NH Lifespan Respite Coalition is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. She will share how she was recruited to coordinate the state respite coalition, her current role and responsibilities, and how you may be able to do the same in your state.
Call Description:

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Each presenter provided a brief description of their state or local initiative using funds or volunteers from the CNCS to provide respite and caregiving support services or to support their state respite coalition.

Resources:

1) Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) website: Nationalservice.gov

2) Funding  Information: Different states have different structures, so the first step in the process would be contacting your state CNCS office to get more direction. A list of contacts for each state can be found at: http://www.nationalservice.gov/stateoffices

3) CNCS Evidence Exchange and Performance Measurement Information

3) Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite - Building Blocks for Lifespan Respite Systems, 2015. See especially the section of the report on Programs Serving Multiple Age Groups covering the National Senior Service Corps [Senior Companion Program (SCP), Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)], and AmeriCorps.

3) Legacy Corps is a branch of AmeriCorps - Legacy Corps Background and Legacy Corps Supporting Veterans and Military Families

  • Administered by the University of Maryland, Health Services Administration - supports family caregivers with respite (substitute) care.  For more information: 

Legacy Corps Program Contact:

Jack Steele

University of Maryland

Department of Health Services Administration

3310E - SPH Bldg. #255

College Park, MD 20742

Telephone: 607-865-7980

Fax: 607-865-8937

  • Legacy Corps is an internationally-recognized, award-winning program.
  • Outcomes measures for Legacy Corps show significant benefits for both the member volunteer (civic engagement, employment) and the family caregiver (stress levels).
  • For over 10 years Legacy Corps was funded as a general in-home respite program; the program is now focused on veteran and military families.

4) VISTA Resources

  • AmeriCorps VISTA website 


  • Sponsor guide, which explains the whole process from applying to utilizing a VISTA volunteer



Including Diverse Stakeholders in Lifespan Respite, January 27, 2016

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hour 27 min

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Presenters:

  • Bernadette Mauro, Director, Information and Resource Services, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center         Website: www.paralysis.org
  • Laura Weidner, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, National MS Society, Washington, DC

Website: www.nmss.org       For services in your area

  • Ashley Kenneth, National MS Society and member of the Virginia Caregiver Coalition   VA Caregiver Coalition and Virginia Caregiver Solution Center      Website 
Call Description:

Speakers discussed the special respite needs of the populations they serve and how respite helps families affected by MS and paralysis. Ms. Mauro  discussed the resources that the Paralysis Resource Center has to offer to help you serve individuals with paralysis and their families and engage them in lifespan respite activities and coalitions at the local level. Ms. Weidner and Ms. Kenneth discussed how and why local chapters of the National MS Society became actively involved and have remained engaged in many state respite coalitions and state Lifespan Respite activities, using the Virginia Caregiver Coalition as an example of active MS Society involvement. Call participants then discussed strategies for and challenges of increasing diverse partnerships in their own state efforts.

Respite Theme for 2015 National Family Caregivers Month, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hour

Call Description:

Lisa Winstel with the Caregiver Action Network discussed how and why Respite was selected as the theme for November 2015 National Family Caregivers Month. She shared plans for tools and proclamations that will be made available in early Fall for use by the public and the media. Amy Nazaire, Lifespan Respite grantee from MA and Jennifer Abernathy, TN Respite Coalition, discussed the ways they have commemorated National Family Caregivers Month in the past, with nuts and bolts descriptions of how to prepare and hold events and seek state proclamations. 

Rapid Respite Roundtable, June 17, 2015

Click here to listen or download call recording.  Duration of Recording: 1 hr 21 minutes.

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Call Description:

In this networking session, each state Lifespan Respite grantee or partner shared their current Lifespan Respite grant-related activities and most recent accomplishments, with a focus on activities undertaken to enhance or support their statewide respite infrastructure.  The presentations were followed by discussion and Q&A.

Responding with State Strategies to Engage Employers, Conversation with Grace Whiting, National Alliance for Caregiving, April 22, 2015 

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hr 24 minutes 

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Call Description: 

Grace whiting shared updates on the National Alliance for Caregiving’s Champions Coalition Grantees to show how local communities are raising public awareness about the needs of working caregivers. This discussion flows from the previous week’s ARCH webinar on Caregivers in the Workplace and provided an opportunity to share Lifespan Respite's efforts/work/plans for engaging employers and the community in respite and caregiving support for employed caregivers. 

With support from Pfizer, NAC awarded 8 mini-grants to caregiving coalitions interested in highlighting the challenges facing family caregivers at work. Each coalition has or will lead an event in 2015 that recognizes a Champion of family caregiving issues and identifies the needs of family caregivers balancing work and care in diverse communities across the country.  List of NAC’s 2015 Working Family Caregivers Champions Grantees

See also ARCH Webinar on Engaging Employers in Lifespan Respite with members of ReACT. ReACT resources available at this link.

Fundamentals of Developing and Implementing Voucher Respite (Part 2), March 11, 2015

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hr 34 minutes

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Call Description: Several grantees and partners described the basic considerations for developing a respite voucher program and the mechanics of implementation. They addressed the following issues:

  • the process for developing the materials, including the application
  • overcoming tax, legal and liability considerations
  • deciding how much the voucher would be and why 
  • eligibility criteria for caregivers and providers
  • outreach
  • process for accepting and reviewing applications
  • payment process and considerations for reimbursement 
Presenters
  • Linda Porter, Lifespan Respite Washington and Hilarie Hauptman, WA Aging and Disability Services Administration
  • Alicia Blater, NC Lifespan Respite Project, Division of Aging and Adult Services and Dawn Gartman, NC Respite Care Coalition
  • Susan Robinson, SC Respite Coalition
  • David Besst, AZ Lifespan Respite, Division of Aging and Adult Services 
Additional Resources
  • State Lifespan Respite Voucher Tools, including tools used in Washington and North Carolina as described by two of the presenters. For more information, see the following state websites:

o Lifespan Respite Washington

o North Carolina Respite Care Coalition

o AZ Caregiver Coalition

o South Carolina Respite Coalition

  • Answering Your Questions about Consumer-Directed Respite/Implications for Respite of New Department of Labor Requirements, PPT Presentation of Merle Edwards-Orr, PhD, LICSW, National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services at the October 2014 Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner Learning Symposium

Training and Recruitment of Respite Providers and Volunteers – Examples from State Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners, January 28, 2015

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hr 1 minute

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Call Description: Short presentations were made by Jim Schroeder, Respite Care Association of Wisconsin and Brandi Mason, Alabama Lifespan Respite Network. They described the respite provider/volunteer training curriculum they are using, the training format (e.g. online, in-person, etc), who is eligible to participate, and outreach and recruitment strategies.  Participants shared their own resources, success and challenges with developing and implementing respite provider recruitment and training strategies.


Resources:
  • ARCH Respite Provider Training and Credentialing Resources, click here
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Workforce Initiative, click here.

The Fundamentals of Developing and Implementing Voucher Respite, July 10, 2014

Click here to listen to or download call recording. Duration of Recording: 1 hr 15 minutes

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Call Description: Some state lifespan respite grantees and/or state respite coalitions or other primary partners have implemented a one-time voucher program or have been delivering respite assistance via vouchers for some time. Other states are just beginning to explore the options for voucher systems that might work in their states. The purpose of the call is to provide the opportunity for state grantees and partners to share their successes and challenges in advancing voucher respite.

Ellen Nau, VA Lifespan Respite grantee, Virginia Department for Aging and Disability Services, and Kathy McKeon, Catholic Diocese of Providence, RI, and a partner in the RI Lifespan Respite grant, will present their states’ experiences developing and administering respite voucher programs. 

Resources:

  • Participant-Directed Respite Guidebook prepared for ARCH by the National Resource Center on Participant-Directed Respite, 2011, click here
  • State Lifespan Respite Sample Tools:
State Guidance on Respite Vouchers, click here.
Planned and Emergency Respite Service/Voucher Delivery Tools, click here, including tools from the VA Respite Voucher Program and from the RI CareBreaks voucher program, as discussed by presenters.

Linking Lifespan Respite to your State’s Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) Initiatives, June 9, 2014

Click here to listen to or download call recording.  Duration of Recording: 1 hr 16 minutes

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Call Description: Some state Lifespan Respite Programs have begun collaborating with their state Medicaid program to embed respite or family caregiver supports in new Medicaid Waivers, Money Follows the Person demos, the Balancing Incentives Program, Managed Care, state plan options such as 1915 (i) or other initiatives. Others are working collaboratively with local Veterans Affairs programs or other programs/agencies engaged in long-term services and support efforts. The purpose of the call was to provide the opportunity for state grantees and partners to share their successes and challenges in advancing respite in LTSS systems.  Tammy LeBlanc with the Louisiana Lifespan Respite program and Jane Byrnes with the Ohio Lifespan Respite program shared their efforts to date.

Resources:


Marketing Respite to Family Caregivers: Examples from State Lifespan Respite Initiatives, January 9, 2014

Click here to listen to or download call recording; Duration of Recording: 63 minutes

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Call Description: Strategies for marketing respite to family caregivers was raised as an area of interest on the last Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner call in November. This call focused on examples from states about marketing, education and public awareness campaigns that state lifespan respite grantees and their coalition partners have engaged in to raise awareness about the importance of respite. Presenters included Cheron Brylski, a marketing consultant who works with the Lifespan Respite project in Louisiana, and Joyce Pohlman with the TX Lifespan Respite Project who discussed their Take Time Texas campaign.  The following issues were discussed:

  • The pros and cons of marketing respite to family caregivers
  • The need to also market to respite providers, employers/corporate sector, and others
  • Challenges in developing respite marketing campaigns
  • Successful strategies used by Lifespan Respite grantees and/or coalitions

A working group was formed to investigate the feasibility and desirability of a national respite marketing campaign, and to explore additional tools that ARCH might provide to assist states in developing their own campaigns.   If you are interested in serving on this working group, please contact Jill Kagan.

Resources:

  • Webinar, Marketing Respite to Family Caregivers: Moving Beyond Awareness. Presenter: Alicia Blater, NC Lifespan Respite Project, July 27, 2011.  Click here.
  • Behavioral Framework for Developing Marketing Messages, click here. Developed by the NC Lifespan Respite Project.
  • For other state examples of state respite public awareness and marketing ideas, click here.

Discussion on Lifespan Respite Programs with Greg Link
November 7, 2013

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Duration of Recording: 1 Hour, 24 Minutes, 12 Seconds
Recording File Size: 29 MB

Discussion Questions:

1.  To what extent is the Lifespan Respite Project in your state involving the broadest range of stakeholders from across the age and disability spectrum?


a) What have been barriers to realizing full participation from across the age/disability spectrum?

b) How can future funding opportunities in Lifespan Respite enable you to overcome these barriers?

c) or Share your ideas and approaches for addressing these barriers.

2.  Please expand on any ideas you may have for ways in which the Lifespan Respite Program can play a key role in state efforts to reform LTSS?  What opportunities and initiatives hold the greatest likelihood for success in your state?

3.  Thinking about the Lifespan Respite Program and how it has grown and evolved over the past five years, what would you like to see of the program next year?  Three years from now?

 


2011-2013 Calls

Strategic Planning for Lifespan Respite: Why is it important and how is it done?
March 19, 2013

Pat Luchkowsky from the Ohio Respite Coalition and Jane Byrnes from the Ohio Department of Aging shared information on why they decided to undertake a strategic plan for their Lifespan Respite project, the process they engaged in to develop it, the skills needed to make it a successful process resulting in a useful document, and updates on successful implementation. To view their Strategic Plan, click here.

For a recording of the call, click here.

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Planning for Lifespan Respite Grant Activities: Beyond the First Three Years
January 30, 2013

Greg Link with the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging provided background on last year's Lifespan Respite Integration and Sustainability grant program. Recipients of these 2012 grants shared information about their planned activities and progress to date. State presenters were:

  • Java Bennett, AL Lifespan Respite Network
  • Alicia Blater, Family Caregiver Support Program Consultant, NC Div. of Aging and Adult Services
  • Kathy McKeon, Supervisor, Diocese of Providence, RI
  • Joyce Pohlman, Grants Coordinator, Access & Intake Division, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Anne Wolf, Lifespan Respite Grant Manager, SC Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

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ARCH Update and Open Discussion on Lifespan Respite Program 
November 7, 2012

The purpose of the call is to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Learn about and provide input for ARCH’s plans for Technical Assistance and other activities – Jill Kagan
  2. General program update and brainstorming for the future – Greg Link
  3. Open discussion – grantees are invited to discuss their projects, share challenges and successes, etc. – all participants

For notes from the call, click here.

Building and Sustaining State Respite Coalitions 
February 8, 2011

The purpose of this call was to hold a facilitated discussion (Q&A) with leaders of well-established state respite coalitions to answer questions about how to get started, vision and mission statements, coalition structure, membership, and sustainability. For more information see ARCH State Respite Coalitions: A Compendium of State Fact Sheets, Updated 2014and the ARCH workbook, Building A State Respite Coalition: Where do we Begin?


Presenters:  Phyllis Stephenson, North Carolina Respite Care Coalition; Kelly Tipler, Tennessee Respite Coalition; MaryJo Alimena-Caruso, Pennsylvania Respite Coalition; and Gina Ervay, Kansas Lifespan Respite Coalition (1.5 hours)

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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.

 

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