Welcome to our online Technical Assistance Center!
It is dedicated to providing you, your staff and your agency with the tools needed for the efficient development and delivery of caregiver support services. Explore this site to find upcoming and archived training events, news from the Lifespan Respite and Aging networks and the TA Centers' newsletter.
Additionally, you can search this entire Clearinghouse to identify best practices, specific tools and policy & advocacy efforts; connect with fellow professionals from the aging networks; and request specialized technical assistance.
We invite you to take the opportunity and provide feedback to further shape the activities of the Technical Assistance Centers to more closely meet your Caregiver Programming needs. Give us your feedback here.
The Technical Assistance Centers resulted from a partnership between the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, with the support of the US Administration on Aging. To read more about the partnership click here.
To access the Technical Assistance Center for Lifespan Respite click here.
The Newsletter of the Technical Assistance Centers
The Newsletter of the Technical Assistance Centers brings timely information to the aging and lifespan respite networks about best practices, key research findings, and policy trends related to family caregiving and lifespan respite.
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Frequently Asked Questions - (click to open/close answers)
1. What are the Technical Assistance Centers?
The TA Centers is the result of the partnership of two leading organizations in family caregiver support, Family Caregiver Alliance and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Under a three-year cooperative agreement with the US Administration on Aging, the Technical Assistance Centers will deliberate what is learned from the design and delivery of caregiver support and respite program development, translate this knowledge into practical tools needed by the Networks to keep pace with program and competency developments, and offer specialized technical assistance that matches program and training ideas to the Networks' capacities. The goals of this partnership are increased capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of caregiver and respite programs at state and local levels.
2. Who is the audience for this project?
The Technical Assistance Centers target the professionals of the Aging and the Lifespan Respite Networks. This audience comprises AAA and FCSP administrators, direct service providers, and the state respite coalitions.
3. How can I receive technical assistance?
For questions specific to Lifespan Respite programs please visit ARCH's website or call (703) 256-2084. For all other questions on caregiver program development send an email to TA mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Family Caregiver Alliance at (415) 434-3388 or (800) 445-8106.
4. What tool is available to search the Clearinghouse?
Users can narrow their search of the Clearinghouse database by performing an advanced search.
5. How can professionals submit a program, an evidence based intervention, a multimedia resource or other publications for inclusion into the TA Center?
The Technical Assistance Center actively solicits information through the Submit Your Program feature.
6. What are some examples of how the Clearinghouse (and other FCA) resources can help resolve the most common caregiving challenges?
The tools and resources found by clicking the scenarios below may be used:
- "on the go" in your work with family caregivers
- to enhance your own knowledge or that of other helping professionals on family caregiving
The formats of these tools vary as they range from articles, to curricula to audio and visual files. We encourage you to search through the various subsections to identify the tool that accommodates your need and practice. Regardless of format, resources have been grouped into the following topic areas: Education and Training; Assessment; Respite; Driving; Transitional Care; Difficult Behaviors; and End of Life. To access the information you are interested in, click on a link below to a specific entry.
Two of the most common challenges faced by family caregivers and related resources that may be helpful:
This project is supported, in part, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. These contents, however, do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.