As a respite care provider, you can be an integral part of the life of a caregiver. Take Time Texas provides a variety of resources for service providers including best practices, training curricula, and toolkits for working with caregivers and their loved ones.
Ensure that family caregivers in your area know that you are offering the services they need by posting your information on the Texas Inventory of Respite Services. There are thousands of caregivers in Texas looking for respite providers like you, so make sure your organization is listed in this comprehensive, searchable database.
Aging Texas Well Indicators Survey Results (PDF) — A 2009 study, conducted by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), that measures successful aging activities in Texans age 60 and older who live in the community.
Informal Care in Texas: Aging Family Caregivers and Their Need for Services and Support (PDF) — A 2009 study, conducted by DADS, that discusses the significant role played by informal or family caregivers in Texas.
Effects of general practitioner training and family support services on the care of home-dwelling dementia patients – results of a controlled cluster-randomized study — A scholarly article available through National Institutes of Health.
Arizona Principles of Caregiving Training Manuals — A free curriculum, developed by the Arizona Direct Care Workforce Committee, intended for self-study or classroom study by direct-care workers. Covers fundamentals, aging and physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
CARES Online Dementia Care Training Program — A series of online training modules for direct-care workers who care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The programs provide individual certification from the Alzheimer's Association.
Congregational Caregiving: Guidance for Caregiving Teams — A manual produced by Interfaith CarePartners for congregations. It covers how to create and conduct a congregational or community caregiving team.
Making Respite More Effective — Practice and policy suggestions to enhance caregivers' use of respite time and how to measure outcomes. It is presented by ARCH National Respite Network.
National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center — A project of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with a wealth of resources including state-specific information, archived webinars and reports.
Respite in the Faith Community — An overview of national models of interfaith caregiving, presented by ARCH National Respite Network.
Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Option for Family Caregivers — A manual to help community-based programs assess their individual needs, plan and implement volunteer respite programs, and build respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Developed by the ARCH National Respite Network and Easter Seals.
Updated: April 19, 2013