Respite and Supplemental Services

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

Additional information:

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.