How to find respite care for disabled children

Written by amy rozanski-harlach
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How to find respite care for disabled children
A specialised facility may offer respite care. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Respite care provides a short break from caregiving responsibilities for those who live with disabled children. It allows family members to accomplish other tasks they need to perform inside or away from the home. Different providers in your local area may offer respite care to ensure that a disabled child receives proper care during this break.

Skill level:


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    Determine from each respite care provider whether the care is going to occur within your child's home or if she will need to be transported to the provider's facility. Respite care that takes place in a specialised day care or hospital setting can often benefit the child. It allows the child to interact with trained professionals who can teach and work with her physically and mentally.

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    Ask about the staff's credentials, experience with disabled children and experience with your child's specific disability. Find out if staff members have degrees in special education, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Confirm that all staff members are current with CPR and first aid training.

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    Inquire about the cost of care and whether the care provider accepts your child's insurance. The insurance company may cover a certain number of hours or days of respite care each month. You may also have to pay out-of-pocket costs.

  4. 4

    Determine the hours the respite care providers are available each day. Some respite care facilities only function during daytime business hours. Hours may vary on weekends or on holidays. Some providers may cover overnight shifts in the child's home or longer stays in a hospital or camp setting.

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