In-home respite is a service designed to encourage and support efforts of caregivers to maintain functionally or cognitively impaired individuals at home. Paid respite staff and volunteers provide companionship or personal care services, or both, when needed and appropriate for the care recipient and the caregiver.
Respite services may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Meeting emergency needs
Restoring or maintaining the physical and mental wellbeing of the caregivers
Providing socialization for the care recipient
The care recipient shall have physical or cognitive impairments affecting Activities of Daily Living or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living functioning to the extent twenty-four (24) hour care or supervision is required.
A caregiver sixty (60) years of age or older residing with an eligible care recipient who is under sixty (60) years of age is eligible to receive Respite.
A caregiver under sixty (60) years of age residing with an eligible care recipient aged sixty (60) years or older is eligible to receive Respite.
Highest priority shall be given to caregivers of care recipients who have the greatest degree of physical or cognitive impairment and who are lacking informal supports other than the regular caregiver.