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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is Respite Care? Why is it important? How is it provided? What are the benefits of Respite Care?
  2. Why should I care?
  3. Who provides respite care?
  4. Does CRC provide respite services?
  5. Can CRC provide money for respite care?
  6. Is respite care covered under Medicaid or Medicare? How is respite care funded?
  7. I have a child/adult with very special needs and I feel stressed, exhausted and angry – I am afraid I may snap. Should I use respite?
  8. How can I find respite care in my community?
  9. Why do caregivers decline or feel reluctant to receive respite care?
  10. How can I learn more about respite care?

 


1) What is Respite Care? Why is it important? How is it provided? What are the benefits of Respite Care?

Please refer to ABCs of Respite Care or the Family Info Overview page.

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2) Why should I care?

Caregiving affects one in three people. Respite care, the most frequently requested family service, provides temporary relief from continuous care-giving of family members with disabilities or chronic conditions. It has been shown to provide family care givers with the relief to maintain their own health, bolster family stability, and delay more costly nursing home or foster care placements.

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3) Who provides respite care?

Respite care can be provided by a variety of organizations including not-for-profit organizations/agencies, for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and independents. Respite care workers may include volunteers, health care para-professionals, certified nursing assistants and registered nurses. Please read “National Respite Models”

to identify a respite care model best suited for your family. Search the Respite Locator to find respite providers in your community.

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4) Does CRC provide respite services?

No, CRC is a “resource and referral” coalition, we do not provide any direct care services. We can, however, assist you in locating a respite service in your area. Search the Respite Locator to find respite providers in your community.

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5) Can CRC provide money for respite care?

Yes, the Colorado Respite Coalition awards Family Respite Vouchers to qualifying families as a payor of last resorts for respite care. Eligibility requirements include being a full time family caregiver (40 hours per week or more), living in the state of Colorado, not currently receiving financial assistance for respite, and providing care to a person with special needs. Voucher must be used with an Approved Provider within 90 days of receipt of award. Vouchers are a resource for unserved or underserved family caregivers who had limited access to respite or other supports through current systems.

Additionally, we award Community Grants to agencies that providing respite services in an effort to respond to the respite care needs of Colorado's family caregivers of individuals with special needs, chronic conditions, older adults, foster children and kinship relations (i.e. grandparent and grandchild). Inquire with your provider what scholarships or grants are available for funding respite.

We also work closely with several local and state agencies across Colorado and will be happy to work with you in making these connections. Email Program Manager Meghan Kluth mkluth@eastersealscolorado.org for more information. Click here to learn more about Financial Resources.

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6) Is respite care covered under Medicaid or Medicare? How is respite care funded?

Federal programs (like Medicaid and Medicare) that are managed at the state level have complex rules and eligibility requirements. Rules and regulations vary by state and often by county. In order to get the best guidance possible, contact your Medicaid Office, Department of Human Services or local Aging and Disability Resource Center. Click here to learn more about Financial Resources.

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7) I have a child/adult with very special needs and I feel stressed, exhausted and angry – I am afraid I may snap. Should I use respite?

Caring for anyone with special needs, let alone your child, is a hard job. Respite care can let you step away even for just a few hours. Here are a few ideas as to how respite can help you to decompress:

  • a respite provider can come to your home enabling you to take a nap, cook a meal, read a book by yourself.
  • use the time for your healthcare or dental appointments. Taking care of your own health is extremely important too.
  • your loved one may benefit from socialization. Respite services are often provided in group settings.
  • time away can give you the break you might need to re-group and be more available to your loved one.

If you feel that you may snap, please do not ignore this feeling. Contact your local mental health center or emergency room for help.

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8) How can I find respite care in my community?

Search the Respite Locator to find respite providers in your community. If you are unable to find services using the Respite Locator, please contact Meghan Kluth, Program Manager, at mkluth@eastersealscolorado.org or 303-233-1666x257

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9) Why do caregivers decline or feel reluctant to receive respite care?

There are several reasons why families decline respite care. Some of the most common things said by families include: 

  • "I feel guilty"
  • "No one else can take care of my loved one"
  • "I can take care," "I should take care" or "it is my responsibility to take care"
  • "I don’t understand the meaning and benefits of respite care and don’t have time to gather this information"
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10) How can I learn more about respite care?

Knowledge is power; visit the links below to find out more information on the ins and outs of respite care:

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