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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Creating Dementia-Friendly Congregations to Support African American Families

Creating Dementia-Friendly Congregations to Support African American Families The ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative held a webinar to learn more about the Alter program. Alter is the first of…

Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources

Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources Prepared by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center Explore information and resources for recruiting, screening, training, and retaining volunteers to provide respite services…

Sample Volunteer Evaluation of Assignment

Source: From NC Handbook of Volunteer Management, 1991. As printed in North Carolina Respite Care Coalition, Lifespan Respite: An Information Guide for Developing, Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers, 2011

ARCH Respite Research Summit: Practice Research and Evaluation Panel

Panel on Practice Research and Evaluation ARCH Respite Research Summit, September 30, 2020 moderated by Casandra Firman, MS, ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center Expanding a Volunteer Respite Workforce…

Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers and Interns

Example from Gio’s Garden

CareBreak Volunteer Reference Form

CareBreak program volunteers provide respite to families with children who have a disability. Once matched with one particular family, the volunteer goes into the family’s home on a weekly basis…

Easterseals HIPAA Authorization Form “C”

Example from EasterSeals

About Me: Child Information Story

Example from Gio’s Garden

Spectrum of Respite Options for Faith Communities

Spectrum of possible respite services for parents and other family caregivers. Created by the South Carolina Respite Coalition.