As a family caregiver, you focus your energy on your care recipient's health and quality of life, often at the expense of your own. For as rewarding as caregiving is, it is also very stressful and demanding. You likely feel as though you can't take time for yourself.
The Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center is passionately devoted to providing respite resources for caregivers across the lifespan — parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities, as well as for caregivers of older adults. You will find both services in your community, as well as educational information — to help you stay emotionally and physically healthy. Please know that you are not alone and taking regular respite will help you be a better caregiver.
The mission of the VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites is to provide free health and community support information and guidance to seniors, caregivers, adults with disabilities, and their families while supporting independence, dignity, and quality of life. Designed as an innovative service model combining information technology with community-building, VirginiaNavigator brings a "High-Tech and High-Touch" approach to healthy lifestyle and long term care support.
Through its award-winning websites and personal help through a grassroots network of over 750 community-based centers across the Commonwealth, VirginiaNavigator brings vital information and resources to hundreds of thousands of families each year.
Founded in 2004, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition (VCC) is a volunteer group composed of over 120 active and consulting members from public, private and non-profit organizations and individual caregivers. The VCC is dedicated to improving the caregiving experience through education, advocacy and resource accessibility so that caregivers are valued and supported. The Coalition provides bi-monthly educational meetings for its members and guests. The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services facilitates the VCC.
The VCC is an active partner in the implementation of the Lifespan Respite Care Program in Virginia. In 2011, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services was awarded a Lifespan Respite Care Program Grant by the United States Administration for Community Living. The goal of Virginia's Lifespan Respite Care Program is to build a statewide coordinated caregiver respite system for families providing support to individuals of any age, and/or with any disability or chronic condition.
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 in the United States; 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.