1) What is a respite care provider?

A respite provider is a professional that providers temporary relief to family caregivers by offering in-home or out of home care to the individual with special health care needs. This direct service gives family caregivers a break to rejuvenate and refresh.

2) Who can be a respite care provider?

Anyone can be a respite provider. It is particularly suitable to those who like working with people, and who may have a background working in the caregiving, human services or health care fields.

3) What are the benefits of being a respite care provider?

Being a respite provider has many benefits. This professional role is a natural fit for those that want to help people. Respite providers also enjoy flexible schedules, meaningful employment, earning extra income, and the option to work independently or with a team. The role of a respite provider can vary greatly. Being a respite care professional provider can be incredibly rewarding work.  Respite providers can make a valuable difference in the lives of caregivers and individuals receiving care.

4) Who do respite care providers work with?

Respite providers can serve any age and any special health care need. This can be through companionship and personal care, or medical and skilled care. Just as there are many types of respite care available, the role of a respite provider can also vary greatly to align with the skills and abilities of that individual. To learn more about different types of respite care, please see our Respite Care 101 page. 

5) How can I become a respite care provider?

Colorado does not require a formal respite provider certification or endorsement. Most respite care professionals either work for an agency or as an independent provider. Individuals may be attracted to either option for various reasons, though there are some key differences that are important to keep in mind. For more information, please see our Become a Respite Provider Page.

6) Where do I find training to become a respite care provider?

There is no standardized or statewide certification or training requirement to be a respite provider in the state of Colorado. Most respite care agencies have mandatory staff trainings, some required by the state. However, these requirements and regulations are not respite-specific, or universal for all respite providers.

Requirements aside, respite providers – formal or informal – should always have adequate training to meet the needs of the individual(s) receiving care. It is necessary for providers to be fully capable of providing the required service to avoid uncomfortable or unsafe situations with clients, when working as an individual or for a respite agency.

To find trainings provided by the Colorado Respite Coalition, please see our Educational Programs page. To find trainings offered by partner organizations, please visit our Resource Database

Contact Us:

Colorado Respite Coalition
393 S Harlan St, Ste 108
Lakewood, CO 80226

303-233-1666 Phone
303-233-1028 Fax

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