ACL recently awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to 14 states to support caregivers by strengthening lifespan respite care programs. These programs seek to improve the well-being of families by coordinating existing respite systems, providing education and training opportunities, and expanding respite services.
North Dakota and South Dakota were awarded new state grants totaling $400,000 for three-year projects. The funding will be used to plan, establish, and expand lifespan respite care systems that provide new and planned emergency respite services, train and recruit respite workers and volunteers, and assist caregivers with accessing needed services.
Twelve states have been awarded three-year Advancing State Lifespan Respite Systems grants totaling more than $2.5 million to build on progress made under previous Lifespan Respite Care Program grants. Projects will focus on developing and strengthening the components of a lifespan respite care System deemed necessary for improving access, consistency, quality, sustainability; and reducing duplication in respite service delivery.
The 12 states are:
- North Carolina
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Caregivers are often referred to as the backbone of America’s long-term care system. A 2009 study estimated that 65.7 million people in nearly 32% of U.S. household acted as unpaid family caregivers.
Respite care offers individuals or family members temporary relief from the daily routine and stress that can come with providing care. Respite can play a critical role in strengthening family stability and maintaining the health of the family caregiver.
Since 2009, ACL has awarded competitive lifespan respite grants to 37 states and the District of Columbia. Each state collaborates with an Aging and Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door system, as well as a public or private non-profit statewide respite care coalition or organization.