Respite Services are provided on a short-term basis in order to provide temporary relief to family members who are providing care for an individual with a disability but are not being compensated for providing that care.
Key aspects of this program include the following:
- Supervision and assistance for daily care needs
- Maintain and support the stability of the family unit
- Reduce family stress
- Diverse service varying by purpose, location, and duration
- Focus on individual preferences and needs
- Covers individuals across the lifespan
Caregiving can be demanding. Families of individuals with disabilities frequently bare an extreme amount of pressure and stress as they navigate life with their loved one. Respite Services are often a key component for ensuring the wellness of the family unit remains strong. As family caregivers age and caring for a loved one with disabilities becomes more difficult, this service can provide relief. Having time apart from one another can strengthen relationships and stabilize the family.
Services are provided in the home of the individual served or in the community and must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. Service hours can be up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; however, there is a required minimum period of at least 6 hours. Services are provided for individuals of all ages.
Respite services may be provided in the family home or other designated residence. The preferences and routines of individuals served are supported through the program. So that the needs of the individual served are met appropriately, the individual and family are an integral part of the training of staff who are to be working with the individual. Respite services may not be provided while the family member is working or taking classes. The family member may not be in the home while respite services are provided.
The Respite Services program follows best practices in the field of service delivery for people with disabilities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), whose purpose is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services.