V O L U N T E E R R E S P I T E M O D E L SA N D R E S O U R C E SVolunteer Respite for DisabilityPopulations
Volunteer Respite Volunteers are a valuable and cost effective resourcefor respite programs. So that volunteers can beeff...
Defining Respite The Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 definesrespite care as “planned or emergency careprovided to a chi...
Volunteer Respite Roles Volunteers are typically recruited to fulfill a specificrole, including: Providing direct care s...
Volunteer Respite When working with volunteers in any setting it isimportant to: Carefully match volunteers with respite...
Volunteer Respite Options Volunteer respite options often… Support an existing community program Ex. Volunteers that pr...
Volunteer Respite Models Faith-based or interfaith programs match volunteers with specific respite or caregiver needs c...
Volunteer Respite Models Cooperative respite programs (co-ops) Families helping families Can be organized by families o...
Volunteer Respite Models College/university students as respite volunteers Involve students from various disciplines Ph...
Volunteer Respite ResourcesARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center ARCH Website www.archrespite.org Fact Sheet...
Volunteer Respite Resources Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for FamilyCaregivers, 2011 Developed by ...
For more information Contact: Monica Uhl, M.A.Partnership for People with DisabilitiesVirginia Commonwealth UniversityP....
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  1. 1. V O L U N T E E R R E S P I T E M O D E L SA N D R E S O U R C E SVolunteer Respite for DisabilityPopulations
  2. 2. Volunteer Respite Volunteers are a valuable and cost effective resourcefor respite programs. So that volunteers can beeffectively used to support the respite experience,programs must develop a clear vision of the role(s)volunteer recruits play in their program. Dependingon their skills, education, and background,volunteers can serve in a broad array of roles.NATIONAL RESPITE GUIDELINES 2011
  3. 3. Defining Respite The Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 definesrespite care as “planned or emergency careprovided to a child or adult with a special needin order to provide temporary relief to the familycaregiver of that child or adult.” Respite may be provided in a variety of settings…and is not always called “respite”
  4. 4. Volunteer Respite Roles Volunteers are typically recruited to fulfill a specificrole, including: Providing direct care services Organizing or overseeing activities Providing extra support to staff during an event Caring for an individual who requires one-on-one support Providing administrative or clerical support Offering fundraising, marketing, or legal expertise
  5. 5. Volunteer Respite When working with volunteers in any setting it isimportant to: Carefully match volunteers with respite program needs Be clear what you are asking them to do Consider setting a minimum number of hours Make sure you explain all expectations Let them know if you have training or orientationrequirements if they are providing direct care ~ andplan to provide appropriate supervision and support Plan for ways to recognize volunteers and the services theyperform
  6. 6. Volunteer Respite Options Volunteer respite options often… Support an existing community program Ex. Volunteers that provide support for therapeutic recreationcommunity activities such as a kayaking day trip Are focused on a specific event or activity that offers respite Ex. Peer volunteers that work with staff to offer a monthly Fridaynight youth program at a local church Are not advertised as “volunteer respite programs” Ex. Volunteers that work as part of an ongoing respite program,such as a group home that has a respite bed for adults withdisabilities and uses volunteers to provide extra support
  7. 7. Volunteer Respite Models Faith-based or interfaith programs match volunteers with specific respite or caregiver needs collaborate with community programs to offer respite Activity or “event” respite programs may… provide respite breaks during the holidays involve community recreation activities offer weekend breaks (e.g., Saturday Parents’ Night Out) provide age specific programs (e.g., Preschool Play Group) offer vacation travel experiences
  8. 8. Volunteer Respite Models Cooperative respite programs (co-ops) Families helping families Can be organized by families or by a host agency If organized by families, they agree to provide respite for eachother and typically establish respite guidelines ~ related toeligibility, child and family needs, ages of children, siblingcare, arranging care, and tracking hours If organized by an agency, families may bank respite hours byvolunteering for agency programs or events
  9. 9. Volunteer Respite Models College/university students as respite volunteers Involve students from various disciplines Physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nursing,psychology, rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation Incorporate caregiver activities into coursework Structured assignments to interview and spend time with familiesof children with disabilities to understand caregiving needs May include option to provide a respite experience of a givennumber of hours during a semester or year
  10. 10. Volunteer Respite ResourcesARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center ARCH Website www.archrespite.org Fact Sheets Volunteer Respite: Valuable Resources Are Your Volunteers Insured? Respite and the Faith Community
  11. 11. Volunteer Respite Resources Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for FamilyCaregivers, 2011 Developed by Easter Seals, Inc. and ARCH Comprehensive manual covering all aspects of lifespan respite volunteerprograms and options Program Planning Volunteer Recruitment Orientation and Training Volunteer Management and Retention Policies and Procedures Liability and Insurance Issues Marketing Extensive Resources and Appendices
  12. 12. For more information Contact: Monica Uhl, M.A.Partnership for People with DisabilitiesVirginia Commonwealth UniversityP.O. Box 843020Richmond, VA 23284-3020804-828-8587muhl@vcu.edu

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