This page contains educational information to help educators, family caregivers, respite care providers and other organizations/agencies interested in supporting the cause of respite care.
We encourage our readers to read materials that may not specifically apply to their situation (for example a caregiver caring for a child with special needs may also find articles related to Alzheimer’s or Dementia useful). Family caregivers serving individuals with special needs of all ages often face same or similar problems.
- What is caregiver burnout?
- Care-FULL Conversations Roundtable Discussion - AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver - View all three sessions here
- Autism & Safety Toolkit provides information about abuse and neglect, bullying, interactions with police, mental health, safely navigating the community
- American Society on Aging: Supporting People with Dementia and Their Caregivers in the Community
- Academic Accomodation Resources
- The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers (PDF)
- Caregiving in the LGBT Community A guide to engaging and supporting LGBT caregiver through programming
- Time for Living and Caring - Making Respite Services Work for You! prepared by Dr. Dale Lund and others. (Spanish version)
- Care.com: This website has many resources for family caregivers including finding respite care for children with special needs.
- Charting the LifeCourse Tools help caregivers and those who support them to understand respite, understand options, and create a successful caregiving plan, incorporating respite
- Coping with Disabilities Guide: A Student's Guide to Coping with Disabilities in College.
- Developmental Pathways Questions for Potential Respite Providers
- Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs
- Everything to Know for Family Caregivers offers multiple resources and ideas for family caregivers
- Family Caregiving 101: Family Caregiving 101 is an online resource loaded with quality information on how to deal with the challenges of caregiving.
- From Insight to Advocacy: Addressing Family Caregiving as a Public Health Issue.
- Future Care Planning: A Roadmap for Family Caregivers: A workbook for family caregivers of loved ones with functional needs. It is produced by the University of Arizona.
- Guide to Staying Safely At Home provides information on aging at home, with safety tips and helpful strategies.
- How to Easily Transition to Assited Living offers tips on how to select the right community and ways to support loved ones in making them feel comfortable.
- Interactive Planner for Caregivers: This online tool helps caregivers build an interactive planner of their care recipient's activities, medications, meals, and other needs throughout the day.
- Managing the Anxious Behaviors of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an archived webinar and handout giving practical tips and information.
- Webinar - Pathways for Respite Care: Faith Communities and Families Impacted by Disabilities.
- Pest Control for Expectant Mothers promotes research on the relationship between exposure to pesticides and risk of autism in pregnancy.
- Reduce the Noise helping loved ones with sensory overload enjoy shopping.
- Resilience Alliance describes an intervention developed to reduce secondary traumatic stress and increase resilience
- Respite Care Notebook a tool for caregivers to complete prior to a respite visit
- Resources for Military Families
- Spanish Publication- Cómo cuidar a una persona con la enfermedad de Alzheimer: Una guía fácil de usar
- Stop Talking Down To Elders: A Guide On Elderspeak and How To Avoid It
- Personal Record Keeper: An easy to use chart to help keep track of important documents, contacts, and other important information.
- A Caregiver's Bill of Rights: prepared by Jo Horn
- Factsheet on Respite Care for children with IDD: taken from archrespite.org
- Making Meaningful Connections: 2015 Prevention Resource Guide
- Parent-to-Parent of Colorado: Parent to Parent of Colorado (P2P-CO) is a parent initiated, parent controlled, organized group that builds inclusive communities for families caring for children with special health care needs or disabilities. Useful resources include: Where Do I Start?, Paying the Bills
- Family Voices Colorado: Family Voices Colorado is a chapter of the national, grassroots organization composed of families and friends who care for and about our children with special health care needs. Useful resources include Transition Guide By Age
- Horizon's Senior Resource Guide: Biannual resource guide with articles and resources for Colorado seniors and their families. Edition Dec. 2016 - March 2017
- Colorado Resource Directory: Colorado Resource Directory is a comprehensive repository developed to assist Colorado families to find assistance and resources.
- Network of Care: is Denver Regional Council of Governments Agency on Aging web resource for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Personal Health Care Records Sheet produced by Aging Well Eagle County allows you to easily communicate and track health conditions and health care services.
- Developmental Disabilities Resources and Training: Information about trainings and certifications
- Alzheimer's Association Community Education Programs: The Alzheimer's Association can help you get the information you need about memory loss and dementia.