Respite Services are intended to assist in maintaining a goal of living in a natural community home and are provided on a short-term, intermittent basis to relieve the person’s family or other primary caregiver(s) from daily stress and care demands during times when they are providing care.
Respite is not intended to be provided on a continuous, long-term basis where it is a part of daily services that would enable an unpaid caregiver to work elsewhere full time. In those cases, Community Living Supports, or other services of paid support or training staff, are used.
Respite services are determined by the Local Community Mental Health Agency or Integrated Care Organization and are documented in the Person Centered Care Plans. Respite Services are provided to both adults and children. Services are based on individual health and safety needs so services may range from a few hours per week to multiple hours per week.