Respite Program Service Description:
Purpose and Goals of the Service:
- To relieve families (caregivers/guardians) who provide constant care and supervision to the clients whose needs are beyond that of persons without disabilities.
- To assist the family members to enable a person with developmental disabilities to live within/reside at home.
- To provide appropriate care and supervision to protect the client’s safety in the absence of a family member.
- To relieve family members from the high demands and responsibilities of providing care.
- To assist in attending to basic self-help needs and other activities that would ordinarily be performed by the family member.
Client Outcomes: Allowing clients to remain with family by giving the family a much-needed break.
Service Areas: Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Service Hours: Up to seven days a week, and a maximum of 40 hours per month. Hours are flexible but a schedule should be arranged between family and respite provider ahead of time to reduce last-minute scheduling which can lead to unavailability.
Service Locations: Flexible, in the client’s home or out in the community (employees cannot provide respite services within the employee’s home).
Client Age Group: Open
Ratio: Typically, 1:1 however, there may be situations that occur within the same household where two clients are worked with together. This is determined by the Regional Center ID team.
H.A.T.C.H. Respite Program provides services that focus on specific goals for each client. These goals may include the following but not limited to:
- Self-Esteem (our #1 goal for all clients)
- Independent Living and Self-Help skills- responsibility, hygiene, money skills.
- Survival skills and Safety awareness- what to do in case of an emergency, practicing and/or developing a system of identification tailored to the client’s abilities.
- Positive Behavior Support- consistently following behavioral plans designed by a licensed behaviorist.
- Socialization skills- sharing, taking turns, communication skills, eye contact, body space, and additional areas to meet individual needs.
- Community Involvement and Integration.
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication, as per client’s needs and abilities.
- Physical Exercise- assist with developing healthy routines and focus on areas of personal needs and abilities.
- Activities that encourage mental, sensory, visual and auditory stimulation.