What is Respite Care?
- Respite services offer temporary support or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a break for caregivers.
- Intermittent: A few hours once a week for a limited time to give the caregiver a planned or unscheduled break
- Occasional: Time off for the caregiver to attend a special event
- Emergency: Extended break to address an intervening circumstance, such as caregiver emotional stress or hospitalization and recovery
Our program provides a variety of services from which caregivers can choose to support their needs.
Respite Care includes:
- In-home respite care (personal care, errand running, housekeeping, yard work, and other in-home respite, including companionship and elder sitting).
- Respite care at a senior center or nonresidential program such as a day center.
- Respite provided by placing the care recipient in a facility for a short period of time/overnight (such as an assisted living, adult foster home, or nursing facility).
- Grandparents/relatives caring for children – day or overnight summer camps and other supervised activities for care recipients under the age of 18.
Other respite examples include:
- Telephone reassurance (reminding care recipient to take medications; telephone companionship with dementia care recipient while caregiver prepares dinner).
- Care recipient socialization.
- Respite care during social, recreational, educational activities for the caregiver.
- Accompanying a care recipient to appointments.
Supplemental Services (SS) Examples
(SS services are limited and must focus on supporting the caregivers with their responsibilities)
- Qualified home modifications:
- Wheelchair ramps, grab bars, interior and exterior accessible intervention
- Does NOT include: construction, painting, remodel, or wear-and-tear upgrades
- Assistive technology/Emergency response systems:
- Lifeline and accessibility alarms
- Does NOT include: new televisions, entertainment technology, new washers/driers, etc.
- Home-delivered meals
- Caregiver survivor kits/Professional consultation
- Purchase of caregiver training materials, such as the Powerful Tools for Caregiver books
- Loan closet with adaptive equipment
- Registered nurse to conduct in-home assessment
- Bill Payer services from money management
- In-home nutrition and diet counseling
- Limited adult day service transportation
- Home safety interventions
- Legal assistance:
- Must be focused on elder law, estate planning, special needs trusts, etc.
- Telephone reassurance
- Supervised activities for children:
- Applies ONLY to grandparents raising children
- Consumable supplies:
- Depends, disposable mattress pads, and consumable medical supplies
Agencies can bill Clackamas County directly at P.O. Box 2950 Oregon City, OR 97045 or fax to 503-650-5722. Receipts for paid respite/services can also be submitted for reimbursement to caregiver. Private pay providers for respite/services require a criminal background check.
Examples of unallowable costs include, but are not limited to: Dental care, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, long distance travel, haircuts, clothes, and groceries.