Respite Services

Respite Care Services, also known simply as Respite, is a service that is available to people with developmental disabilities through the following funding sources: CIH Medicaid waiver, FS Medicaid waiver. Respite means services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing care. This service can be provided in the following locations: an individual’s home, the private home of the caregiver, a non-private residential setting such as a respite home.  There are different levels of Respite services that can be provided depending on a person’s needs. These include services provided by a registered nurse, an LPN, or other trained agency staff. Allowable Respite activities include:

  • Assistance with toileting and feeding
  • Assistance with daily living skills, including assistance with accessing the community and community activities
  • Assistance with grooming and personal hygiene
  • Meal preparation, serving and cleanup
  • Administration of medications
  • Supervision

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use Respite to provide supervision for my child when I need to go to work or to attend school?

A: No, Respite cannot be used to allow a caregiver to go to work or attend school.

Q: Can Respite services be used to pay for a summer camp for my child?

A: No, Respite cannot pay for camp tuition; however, a Respite caregiver can accompany your child during attendance in a camp setting and be reimbursed for those billable camp-related activities that meet the Respite service definition.