CLASS has 2 options for Respite
Respite takes place either in your home (or that of a family or friend) or at a location in your community.
- In-home respite – provided in a home (provider or recipient’s) when the person who resides with the individual is unavailable to provide unpaid assistance and support
- Out-of-home respite – If your family member needs services that you can’t have provided in your home, you may need to find a place you can drop them off for a few hours. Some may provide overnight or weekend services and some may provide more medical or nursing care. Options include:
- Adult day care centers are where you bring your loved one to a facility where they participate in supervised activities and often are provided meals and snacks. Some facilities are allowed to provide medical services.
- Specialized camps that serve either adults or children with special needs have trained staff to provide medical care.
- Assisted living facilities may offer overnight stays where trained staff supervise your loved one. Some provide medical care.
- Nursing homes also may provide extended respite care. And, because they have medical staff, they can provide medical care.
An individual is eligible for respite if:
- the person who routinely provides assistance and support and resides with the individual is temporarily unavailable to provide the routine assistance and support;
- the amount of respite does not exceed the amount of unpaid assistance and support routinely provided by the person who routinely provides this assistance and support;
- the service provider of respite does not reside with the individual;
- interacting face-to-face with an individual who is awake to assist the individual in the following activities;
- personal hygiene;
- ambulation and mobility;
- money management;
- community integration;
- use of adaptive equipment;
- self-administration of medication;
- reinforce any therapeutic goal of the individual;
- provide transportation to the individual; and
- protect the individual’s health, safety and security;
- interacting face-to-face or by telephone with an individual or an involved person regarding an incident that directly affects the individual’s health or safety; and
- performing one of the following activities that does not involve interacting face-to-face with an individual:
- shopping for the individual;
- planning or preparing meals for the individual;
- housekeeping for the individual;
- procuring or preparing the individual’s medication;
- arranging transportation for the individual; or
- protecting the individual’s health, safety and security while the individual is asleep.