Welcome to the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
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To find respite in your community, please click here. 

You can search for these type of respite and more:

Senior Center

Nursing Home

Foster Care Home

Assisted Living Facility

Adult Daycare

Child Care Center 

Are you a state agency or coalition responding to a Lifespan Respite Funding Announcement? Click here.

 What is Respite?

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Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers who are caring for that child or adult. For more information on how to find and choose respite care, click here for the ABCs of Respite.

For a one-minute video overview, please Click here.

According to the Lifespan Respite Care Act (PL 109-442), Lifespan Respite is defined as 'coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need.'

The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.

The ARCH National Respite Network includes the National Respite Locator, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community, the National Respite Coalition, a service that advocates for preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, state, and local levels, and the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center which is funded by the Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging (AoA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services.                              

New Publications

Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers, released 2012 arrowarrowarrow arrowarrowarrowarrowarrow

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Federal Funding and Supports for Respite: Building Blocks for
Lifespan Respite Systems, 2012   arrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrow

  funding for lifespan respite systems       

National Respite Guidelines, 2011   arrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrow

Participant Directed Respite Guide, 2011   arrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrowarrow

Federal Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity Announcements

Responding to a federal Lifespan Respite Grant Announcement?

You may find the following ARCH resources helpful as you respond to a Lifespan Respite Funding Announcement from the Administration for Community Living:

Introduction to Lifespan Respite "101":  includes ideas to help you collect information for required elements of the application; provides ideas for other federal sources of respite funding so you know which state agencies to reach out to for support and partnerships; presents summaries of activities of current Lifespan Respite grantees, including Integration and Sustainability activities, and the roles of State Respite Coalitions and ADRC partners; and background on the Lifespan Respite program.  Click here.

State Developed Lifespan Respite Tools: Includes tools for needs assessments and environmental scans, performance measurement, service delivery, caregiver assessment for respite, respite voucher guidance, respite registry examples, job descriptions, public awareness materials, and more.  Click here.

Lifespan Respite Grantee Updates
For the latest information culled from select states' final reports, see the presentation of Greg Link, ACL/AoA, and Jill Kagan at the American Society on Aging Meeting in Chicago on March 14, 2013.  The title of the presentation was Why Lifespan Respite? Meeting the Respite Needs of the Nation's Family CaregiversClick here.

Useful Data for Problem Statements

More information can be found at the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center, click here.


For questions related to responding to the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please contact Greg Link at the Administration for Community Living, AoA, US Dept of Health and Human Services.  Phone: 202-357-3545; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ARCH Video: Respite -- A World of Relief

ARCH Minute from CHTOP, Inc. on Vimeo.

ARCH is Access to Respite Care and Help
The ARCH-NRN is a division of the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. 


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