Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during a pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. You can download the manual...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Models

To find examples of volunteer and faith-based respite services, visit ARCH's Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services, and the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative.

See also ARCH's Respite and the Faith Community and Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources.

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Sample Agency/Volunteer Agreement

This agreement is intended to indicate the seriousness with which we treat our volunteers. The intent of the agreement is to assure you both of our deep appreciation of your…

Arkansas Information for Volunteer Respite Provider

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is pleased to offer this guide that may help alleviate some of the worries associated with taking a break from stressful and strenuous daily caregiving…

Respite in the Faith Community 2022

At a meeting of the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative, we learned about approaches to recruiting faith-communities and a volunteer drop-in respite model in an Alabama faith-community. Doris…

Easterseals Adult Model Publicity Release

From Easterseals

Plan of Care and Declaration of Consent

Example from Masterpiece R&R. Plan of Care (for children) and Declaration of Consent (for Emergency Treatment, Photographic Release, and Waiver of Liability)

Providing Breaks for Family Caregivers: A Toolkit for Volunteers and Faith Communities

From the Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network The number of family caregivers and the need for quality respite care in our state is significant. However, current resources are limited, expensive…

Expanding a Volunteer Respite Workforce to Provide Support to Caregivers in New York State

Expanding a Volunteer Respite Workforce to Provide Support to Caregivers in New York State A presentation by Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, HMDC, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM Professor of…

Respite Registration Information: Example form Gio’s Garden

Sample registration information flyer

Application for Respite: Example from Gio’s Garden

Example respite application.