Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is to improve awareness and access of respite information and services available to families across age and disability spectrums by expanding and coordinating existing respite systems in Arkansas.
Arkansas will partner with multiple state and local agencies representing all ages, populations and disabilities/chronic illnesses to achieve the following objectives:
1. Organize state and local partnerships to expand and enhance respite care resources that serve the lifespan;
2. Provide training and recruitment of respite care workers and volunteers;
3. Provide online information about available respite and support services
4. Streamline access to respite services through the Choices in Living Aging and Disability Resource Center; and
5. Conduct marketing and education activities to increase the public's awareness of respite.
Create an environment within Arkansas where respite and crisis care are readily available and easily accessible to all caregivers through education and awareness
To support and promote the development of a comprehensive statewide respite and crisis care system that is responsive to the needs of caregivers and their families, and enhances the quality of life for all individuals.
We will consider all suggestions from coalition members and make decisions based on consensus as we are one team with one vision and one mission
We will offer all members of the coalition the opportunity to participate in coalition decision making
We will promote respite/facilitate services that are respectful of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of families it serves, without preference for a select demographic group or disability population.
Because families and caregivers have different needs at different times, we will encourage and support the development of both planned and crisis care programs
We will support and encourage respite care programs that offer consumer driven and individually chosen services
We have a commitment to excellence and professionalism with integrity, honesty and ethical behavior guiding all of our efforts
We will collaborate and build partnerships with those who share the vision and values of the organization
We will ensure the diversity of ideas, cultures, ethinicities and backgrounds shall provide the foundation of the organization's efforts
We will ensure financial strength to accomplish the goals set by the organization