Lifespan Respite Care Program
Through the Lifespan Respite Care Program (LRCP), DES and the Arizona Caregiver Coalition work collaboratively with the Area Agencies on Aging and community-based and faith-based communities to provide alternative respite care options for caregivers across the lifespan. I’m pleased to share that we launched a four-year project in September 2023 to expand the statewide coordinated lifespan respite system, building upon the partnerships and support structures already available to provide much needed relief to family caregivers.
Among our goals is to include nontraditional services, increase outreach and awareness, strengthen services for underserved communities, improve our needs assessments and program evaluations, and expand the Arizona Respite Network overall. Because of industry staffing shortages and service “droughts,” among other issues, caregivers can have difficulty accessing critical respite services, and our goal is to help bridge those gaps so caregivers have the time to take care of themselves.
The Arizona LRCP provides vital respite programs to individuals who are ineligible for existing programs, recognizes younger caregivers and parents raising children with special needs, and works within the current Lifespan Grant funding parameters to support caregivers with the Respite Voucher Program and the Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Respite Program. For more information on respite services, please visit des.az.gov/FamilyCaregiver.