Respite Program Service Description:
Purpose and Goals of the Service:
- To relieve families (caregivers/guardians) who provide constant care and supervision to the consumers 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 consumer’s safety in the absence of a family member.
- To relieve family members from the constant 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.
Consumer Outcomes: Allowing consumers to remain with family by giving family a much needed break.
Service Areas: Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Service Hours: Seven days a week, hours are flexible.
Service Locations: Flexible, in the consumer’s home or out in the community.
Age Group: Open
Training: During the interview and initial training, employees will receive all necessary paperwork including, but not limited to: Procedure Manual, Special Incident reporting form, Time Sheets, Monthly Progress Reports, and Permission Slips to be filled out by parent/guardian if necessary, workshop training schedule and the Guide to the Lanternman Act. The office support staff also offers over the phone support as well as additional resources located at the office.
H.A.T.C.H. Respite workers receive individualized training during their first month by calling in a minimum once a week during work hours.