Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services  

The Application period is now closed.  We expect to open the applications again in November 2020.  Read more about the selection process below and about selected services here:

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center seeks exemplary and innovative respite services from across the nation.  

We wish to learn more about respite services that are evidence-based, that appear promising, or that are trying new service models. Further, they need to have some preliminary data or plan to collect data that demonstrate benefits to caregivers, care recipients, and family systems. 

We are also looking for respite services that address some challenging aspect of respite care delivery, such as reaching rural or military family caregivers, individuals with mental health and/or behavioral issues, grandparent or relative caregivers, or adults with disabilities and chronic conditions, for example.

ARCH is also seeking respite services that use exemplary or innovative approaches to enhancing access to respite or improving quality of services and address questions, such as: 

  • Does the respite service provide inclusive activities in the community that are enjoyable and meaningful for the care recipient and others?

  • Does the respite service collect caregiver/care recipient/family outcome data that describe improved well-being and ability to remain at home (beyond just service satisfaction)?

  • Does the respite service help family caregivers plan to make the most of their respite time by engaging in activities most meaningful to them?

  • Does the respite service attract and retain highly qualified respite providers or volunteers? 

These questions are meant only to suggest examples of what might be considered exemplary or innovative and are not meant to be limiting descriptors. We welcome creativity! 

Please NOTE:   At this time, we are seeking innovative or exemplary practices for provision of direct respite services only, NOT for Lifespan Respite system activities.  Lifespan Respite is defined as “'coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need," or related activities.  However, innovative or exemplary respite services funded by the state's Lifespan Respite Care grant are eligible to apply as long as they meet the pre-application requirements

Please read additional definitions of respite and special needs. 


How will you benefit?

We invite you to nominate your service if you believe it is strong overall, or if it has areas of strength that you wish to share with others. If selected, your services will be recognized as a model for replication and highlighted on the ARCH website and in ARCH publications.  Read about the respite services recognized in 2019.

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How will ARCH use the information?

The application was designed to help us identify real life “best practice” respite care services. We plan to use the information we gather:

  • in a national on-line data base of exemplary respite services to share with the media, funders, individuals or organizations searching for model services to replicate, and others;

  • to inform national training and technical assistance;

  • in publications about respite care; and

  • to help advocate for new respite services, enhance existing services, and move toward evidence-based practices.

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Check back in November 2020 for the 2021 application period. 

Thank you for your interest!


How to Apply:

  1. Complete the short pre-application checklist to see if your respite service qualifies.  You must be able to respond "YES" to each question to qualify.

  2. Complete the application online.  We strongly encourage you to read the instructions before attempting to complete the online application. 

  3. You may also submit a hard copy of your application responses.  You can retrieve the application questions here.  If you are completing a hard copy of this application, you may send your responses electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax it to ARCH at 703-256-0541, or mail it to ARCH, ATTN: Susan Summers, 2646 Shoreland Drive South,  Seattle, WA  98144.             





If you need more information about nominating your respite services, or assistance in completing the application, please contact: Susan Janko Summers, ARCH Consultant, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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