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Respite Care 6/2010

WHAT IS RESPITE CARE AND WHO IS IT FOR?
Respite, by definition, means: A short interval of rest or relief. Respite Care Services provide caregivers with temporary relief from tasks associated with care-giving for a special needs child or adult. Respite care provides a brief period of relief for caregivers while knowing that their loved one is being cared for by someone qualified.

One of the important purposes of respite care is to give family members time and temporarily relieve the stress they may experience while providing extra care for a family member with a physical or mental disability. This, in turn, can help prevent abuse and neglect, and support family unity. Respite care enables caregivers to take time off, providing a break in the daily routine. This break may help caregivers avoid frustration, burnout, stress, fatigue, and feelings of isolation that may sometimes result from spending a lot of time providing care for their loved one. Periodic respite care can help caregivers relax for a while and come back revitalized and better able to care for their loved one. Respite care is often referred to as a gift of time.

Respite care is a temporary service and not meant to replace normal, on-going care services.

WILL THE STATE OF IDAHO HELP PAY FOR RESPITE CARE?
If the dependent adult or child qualifies for Medicaid, then respite care costs may be covered under Medicaid. To apply for Medicaid, contact your local Department of Health and Welfare’s Self Reliance office. Once a person is covered by Medicaid, respite care is ordered by the Health and Welfare case manager with mental health services or developmental disability services.

HOW DO I FIND A RESPITE CARE PROVIDER?
You can find a respite care provider by contacting the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine and asking for respite care provider referrals. It is your responsibility to interview and screen prospective caregivers.

HOW DO I BECOME A RESPITE CARE PROVIDER?
Respite care providers are required to pass a criminal background check, get training about the respite care system, and learn about providing care for a special needs person. Family members of a special needs person can become their respite care provider as long as the respite care provider is not a resident of the same home as the special needs person. Contact the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine for more information on becoming a respite care provider.

CONTACT THE 2-1-1 IDAHO CARELINE
By phone, dial: 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588

You can search for Respite Care Services in your area in the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine online database.