"There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers."
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Welcome to the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
Even the most amazing caregivers need a temporary break now and then to take time for themselves and to be able to seek needed assistance and support.
The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is a collaborative partner with the Department of Human Service Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) for the Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite Program. The Coalition is represented by family caregivers, respite providers, and members of the aging, disability and health services networks. Everyone is welcome.
Respite (ress' - pit)
Respite is simply a way of giving a temporary or short-term break to caregivers.
Respite can be provided in a variety of settings:
- The family's home
- A relatives home
- A community setting
- A day care center
- Faith-based respite programs
Arkansas Lifespan Respite Project
The purpose of the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition (ALRC) is to build a statewide system to identify and coordinate respite care options for families regardless of age, special need, or other characteristic of the person needing care. The Division of Aging and Adult Services in the Arkansas Department of Human Services serves as the central point of contact for the Arkansas Lifespan Respite project across the state.
The ALRC began meeting in March 2013 as an outcome of the 2013 Lifespan Respite Summit that brought together stakeholders statewide who were interested in improving respite services in Arkansas. Since that meeting, the ALRC has continued to meet monthly and in 2014 was awarded a Lifespan Respite Grant that provides funding to help the ALRC attain its goal. For more information please click on the ALRC Educational Booklet.