Respite is short-term, paid, temporary relief for a primary caregiver and can be a good approach if you are in a Life Sharing agreement or have a family member with a developmental disablity living with you in your home. When used effectively, respite promotes stability and reduces stress within the home.
Direct Funding may be available through CLBC for families who would like to purchase respite services for their loved one on their own. Eligible families can recieve up to $2,800 per year to purhase eligible services that best meet the needs of the individual and family. This could include relief for families to enable them to take a break from the day-to-day support of a family member with a developmental disability, or for a care provider to bring the family member to a temporarily other location.
Other choices might include participation in camps, attending special events, or enrolling in an athletic or cultural programs. Funding can also be used to cover support workers’ expenses, such as admission fees to a community activity as support to the family member. Transportation costs associated with direct support to your family member for appointments, or travel to activities are also appropriate.
Respite funds are not to be used for medical or non-medical therapies, regular, daily transportation, personal items, supplies or equipment for the family member with a developmental disability.
Self care is unique to each individual, which is why Life Sharing agreements put people in control of arranging and paying for their own respite. It’s the responsiblity of the Life Sharing provider to adequately train all respite providers and assistants, and maintain records relating to the approval of respite providers in case they are requested during annual monitoring visits. They must be thoroughly oriented to the needs of the individual.
People providing respite must:
• be at least 19 years of age
• be present and in charge during all hours that respite is required
• be aware of the individual’s preferences and support requirements
• know how to respond in an emergency situation and have a valid first aid certificate
• have no criminal record that would affect the individual’s care, safety, or well-being
• not provide support to more than two individuals at any given time.