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Respite is the “provision of short-term relief (respite) from the tasks associated with care-giving. Respite services include traditional home-based care, such as hiring an attendant, and care provided to the recipient in out-of-home care settings, such as day services and short-term stays in respite centers or other care facilities. Respite can vary in time from part of a day to several weeks.” Who Needs Respite Care?
- Ongoing, continuous caregivers
- Spouses who care for partners with disabilities
- Parents of adults with disabilities
- Adult children caring for siblings with disabilities
- Parents of children with disabilities
- Adult children caring for parents with disabilities
- Criminal history
- Adult Protective Services registry
- Child central registry
- Sex offender registry
- Nurse aide registry
- What kind of services do I need (long and/or short-term) and why?
- Do I prefer services in my home or an outside setting?
- Even if a provider is DHHS-approved or comes from another referral source, it is still extremely important to conduct your own interview.
- What is the training and level of experience of the care providers? Will they need additional training to meet specific family needs?
- What kind of security or background check has been done on the individual providing the care?
- How much experience do you have working with individuals on the autism spectrum?
- Does the program maintain current information about each child’s needs? Is there a written care plan?
- How and by whom are the care providers supervised?
- What happens during the time the children are receiving services? Are there organized activities? How are the meals handled?
- What procedures does the program have for emergencies?
- Can parents meet and interview the individuals who care for the children?
- Does the program provide transportation?
- Are families limited to a certain number of hours of services?
- Can the provider take care of siblings as well?