LifeCourse Tools for Respite




Read More on Charting the LifeCourse Nexus

Exploring Respite Opportunities and Options

Charting the LifeCourse Nexus housed at the at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Institute for Human Development, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, developed Charting the LifeCourse Respite materials. The materials include a Respite guide book, portfolio and other tools meant to help family caregivers caring for anyone of any age or disability and those who support them create a plan to access respite services within and outside the formal services system.

The purposes are to provide:

  • information on the importance of respite for the well-being of the family caregiver and all family members;

  • tools for thinking about and planning for respite; and

  • additional resources for finding respite in the community. 


 View and dowload the tools here: 

Charting the LifeCourse:
Respite Guide


My LifeCourse Respite Portfolio

Integrated Supports Schedule

Respite Integrated Supports
Cheat Sheet

Guide My LifeCourse Respite Portfolio 4 20171 Page 1 Schedule IS STAR respite


Please find additional resources  in Exploring Respite Opportunities and Options for helping to populate your Integrated Star in the Respite Portfolio!   These resources include informal community, relationship or technology supports that might provide respite opportunities or respite enhancements outside the formal respite services system as well as formal respite services suggestions.  If you think of more ideas, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will add them to the list!


We welcome your feedback on the Respite Tools.  Please feel free to provide feedback here



Training on LifeCourse Principles


Webinar on Charting the LifeCourse Respite Tools. Watch here.

This webinar provides an introduction for those new to the LifeCourse Respite Tools, and a quick refresher for those who are more familiar with them.  The webinar focused on how to best use the Tools when working with family caregivers to help them overcome barriers, find, plan for and use formal and informal respite services. Real life examples are presented by the NV LIfespan Respite Program and the St. Louis Arc respite voucher programs.

Video on LifeCourse Principles. Watch here.  

Learn the principles of the Charting the LifeCourse Framework with this video narrated by Michelle (Sheli) C. Reynolds, PhD, University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) Institute for Human Development, UCEDD.

Release of the Tools

The tools were publicly released at the 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Huntsville, AL.   Guidance on how to use the Charting the LifeCourse respite materials can be found in this  Power Point Presentation of Jane St. John, Community Inclusion Specialist and Field Research Specialist for the Missouri Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development at the 2017 ARCH National Lifespan Conference. 


Stay tuned for additional training opportunities on how to best use the tools.