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