2022 National Lifespan Respite Conference
PRESENTATION TRACKS AND TOPICS
Presentations focus on respite care, but cross over multiple disciplines, reflecting the wide range of options required and utilized by caregivers across the lifespan. Each session targets one of five topical tracks or the Lifespan Respite Track described below, and creatively and thoughtfully Reimagines Respite.
Dream: Innovative Service Delivery throughout the Lifespan
This track highlights successful models, innovations, and exemplary approaches to providing respite care for all ages. Services described include voucher programs and consumer-directed respite; planned and emergency respite; and volunteer and faith-based respite. Integrated and informal respite options in the community and respite services adapted because of COVID are explored. Presentations will highlight best practices in respite services for seriously ill children, adults, and the older adult population; for military families and Veterans; for diverse groups of family caregivers, as well as for other underserved populations across the lifespan. Newly imagined and non-traditional approaches to respite are shared, including ARCH’s 2022 Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services.
Discover: Advances in Research and Evaluation
As service providers and caregivers make a case for respite availability and funding, a solid evidence-base for respite is essential. Research provides understanding of the health and well-being of family caregivers and the overall effect of respite on societal outcomes, including cost-benefits. Good data collection is also important for continuous quality improvement in the respite we provide. This track is intended to present findings from evaluations of respite activities in culturally diverse communities and among military and Veteran caregivers, new respite models, alternative respite, and support and technology interventions, as well as strategies for engaging in meaningful performance measurement.
Create: Strengthening the Respite Provider Workforce
Inspire: Advocacy and Networking for Sustainability
The nationwide shortage of well-trained direct care workers and respite providers needs to be addressed immediately. The experienced respite network is uniquely positioned to develop and test solutions to the workforce crisis. This track will highlight strategies being tested to recruit and retain respite providers and volunteers, build career ladders to strengthen the work, and thoughtful approaches to retention. A new national initiative to develop and test a competency-based training curriculum will be featured. Sessions focus on ways to boost caregiver confidence in respite, including training to improve the safety and quality of care, and strategies to increase the pool of reliable and qualified respite providers and options for families.
Increasingly, we have come to understand that our collective efforts to sustain the important work we do in caregiving and respite is inextricably linked to our changing economic, social and political environment. Policies, politics, the media, and changing community demographics all influence how well we reach and serve families. We must be advocates and collaborators as well as service providers. Sessions in this track explore exciting new guidance on building respite capacity at the community level, outreach and financing strategies for sustainability, an international knowledge exchange, community and state partnerships that enhance and enable respite, and other contexts for providing and promoting respite.
Explore: Family Caregiver Perspectives
Achieve: Lifespan Respite Track
This track is primarily geared to family caregivers and those who work with family caregivers who want to learn more about successful caregiving strategies, including mindfulness and yoga, respite for specific populations, other resources that support caregivers, and impactful stories related to the benefits of respite and caregiver wellness programs.
These sessions, of particular interest to Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, highlight their service delivery and systems change grant activities. Through the federal Lifespan Respite Program, the U.S. Administration for Community Living awards competitive grants to state agencies in partnership with state respite coalitions and others to develop statewide coordinated systems of community-based respite services for family caregivers, provide gap-filling respite, and build respite capacity though provider training and recruitment and new volunteer and faith-based initiatives.