Family Caregivers

Options for Respite Care

In-home respite care can be provided by paid respite workers or volunteers coming to your home. Individual respite workers can be requested from:
  1. Agencies that provide financial management services to families receiving in-home support through the Kansas Medicaid waivers
  2. Social service organizations
  3. Home health agencies
  4. Homemaker service agencies

Another option for in-home respite is for families to self-direct their respite services by locating, hiring and training their own respite providers. Self-directed respite can be paid for privately or through Kansas Medicaid waivers as applicable.

Out-of-home respite care can be provided in a variety of settings such as family care homes, foster care homes, respite centers, nursing facilities, hospitals, adult day care centers, specialized camps, faith-based programs and other community-based organizations that provide periodic respite care

For more information on self-direction, visit http://selfdirect.ks.gov/. For information and referrals, visit the Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center or call 855-200-ADRC (2372).

Some considerations when choosing the best respite to suit your needs may include:

  • Is transportation a concern?
  • Is special equipment needed, and if so, does it have to be transported?
  • Would the care recipient be more comfortable in the home setting or would he or she enjoy an opportunity to experience different surroundings and cultivate peer relationships?
  • Would the family caregiver be more comfortable having the care recipient at home or would he or she enjoy the opportunity to have quality time at home without distractions?
  • Cost of service

Resources

  1. ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers. This guide is provided by the Access to Respite Care and Help (ARCH) National Respite Network and is useful for determining what types of respite programs are available, how to locate, interview and hire a personal care provider to meet your needs, and ideas on how to pay for respite.
  2. Respite Care: Finding and Choosing Respite Services. This website details types of respite care services, how to select and pay for respite care services and providers, and strategies for successful respite care. 
  3. The Kansas Personal Assistance Supports and Services (K-PASS) Self-Direction Toolkit provides individuals with disabilities the information and tools needed to self-direct any component of their personal assistance services with information on recruiting, training, and evaluating personal care assistants. 
  4. Selecting Independent Respite Providers – When hiring a respite provider, it may seem difficult to entrust your family member’s care to someone else. Conducting some basic research is essential for your peace of mind and your family member’s safety. The idea is to get to know the prospective provider as well as possible before committing to the relationship. Then, clearly communicate your expectations in very specific terms. Finally, putting expectations in writing will help assure that both parties understand them, and will not need to rely on memory if difficulties arise later. This website provides insight on respite provider key roles and responsibilities.
  5. Hiring an Agency for Respite Providers  Although independent respite providers are generally the least expensive, home care agencies or health care agencies are often easier to use. An agency finds and places providers, handles payroll and usually provides substitutes for sick or absent personnel. If problems occur, you also have specific avenues of recourse (complaints, mediation or arbitration) that are not available when working with individuals.

    For more information on respite for specific ages or conditions, see the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center for free downloadable ARCH Fact Sheets. ARCH also provides National Respite Guidelines that may help you learn what to look for high quality respite.

  • Respite Provider Screening Questions

  • Checklist When Considering a Respite Provider