Respite Care Goals

  • Keeping people with disabilities at home and out of permanent placement
  • Caregivers doing other activities other than caregiving
  • Encouraging people with disabilities and caregivers to expand their options
  • Promoting independence and self-reliance while maintaining and developing relationships

Ways Families Use Respite Care

  • Extra pair of hands at home or on vacation
  • Maintain or expand social and daily living skills
  • Spend time with family
  • Run errands
  • Get sleep

Benefits  for Caregivers

  • Renewed ability to provide care
  • Improved mood and energy
  • More time with family and friends

Benefits  for Person with disabilities

  • Greater independence
  • Socialization opportunities

In-Home Respite Care Models

  • Home-based services: Trained employee of the agency is available to come into the home and offer respite
  • Consumer-directed: Person providing care is identified or selected by the family and trained by a respite program or the family themselves

Out-of-Home Respite Care Models

  • Family care homes: Respite is offered in the provider’s home
  • Center/Facility-based: Care is provided in a center or facility located in the community
  • Community based: Care occurs in the community and is often used as a way to develop skills such as taking someone to a restaurant or store to practice skills such as shopping, making change or ordering food