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 the 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.

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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

Respite Breakroom: A How-to-Guide for Faith & Community Organizations

Developed by the South Carolina Respite Coalition and the SC Department on Aging. A Respite Breakroom is a faith- or community-based respite model designed to give a family caregiver a…

The 5 Ps of TV PSAs

by Bill Goodwill Editor’s note: This article appeared in the “Communicators Guide for Federal, State, Regional and Local Communicators” published by the Federal Communicators Network. It was updated in July…

Respite Brochure for Faith Communities

From the South Carolina Respite Coalition

Easterseals Respite Services Volunteer Form

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)

North Carolina Volunteer Caregiver Respite Consortium

Developed by the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary, NC, as an initiative included in the State’s three-year Lifespan Respite Grant. The Center for Volunteer Caregiving has pledged ongoing support…

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development This meeting of the Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative focused on the AmeriCorps Seniors – Senior Companion Program and how it…