respite support


FOR FAMILIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY


GOAL
To provide respite support to families in South Timiskaming who have a family member with an intellectual disability and is living at home with them.


OBJECTIVES
· To support families in leading a more normal lifestyle, thereby enabling them to maintain their family member with special needs in the home and community.


· To encourage the growth and development of the child/adult with special needs;


· To provide financial support for the payment of services to their selected respite provider;


· To offer families in-home or out-of-home services in order to meet their individual needs


· To allow family members the opportunity to have a break from the constant specialized care required by the individual with special needs


WHO CAN FAMILIES HIRE TO PROVIDE RESPITE CARE?


· Friends


· Relatives


· Skilled care providers


· Professionals


RECRUITMENT


· Families must recruit their own providers


· Providers are not considered to be employees of Community Living Temiskaming South


WHERE CAN RESPITE BE PROVIDED?


· In the family home


· In another home setting (possibly the workers)


· In a community location


· In an apartment operated by Community Living (some restrictions may apply)


WHEN CAN RESPITE BE PROVIDED?


Care is delivered based on the family’s needs and can be


· Hourly


· By the day


· On weekends


· Weeks or several weeks


ACCOUNTABILITY


· Families are expected to stay within the guidelines stated in their agreement of allocated funding.


· Families are responsible for submitting an invoice which may be mailed, faxed or hand delivered.


· Payments are normally made within a week after receipt of the invoice


· Quarterly reviews of funding are undertaken by Community Living to ensure a balanced budget and equitable distribution of available funding


· Funding amounts are subject to change depending on available funding and the number of families enrolled


RESPITE APARTMENT


· A respite apartment is available for individuals who are 15 years or older


· Is available on a first come first served basis except in the case of emergency


· Staffing is provided by Community Living through its existing staff complement


· Availability is dependent on available staffing and families are asked to book well in advance for scheduling purposes


· Maximum usage is 20 days per year


· Families using the respite apartment for more than 5 days per year will be ineligible for direct care funding


· Families who book on a regular basis may be required to change a pre-arranged date in order to accommodate another family undergoing a crisis/ emergency situation


· Families must cover a nominal charge to cover food costs ($21.00 per day)


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