Caregivers Need a Break Too! Respite to the Rescue

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with developmental disabilities continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.


Caregiving is demanding — and it's normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with developmental disabilities just as much, or even sometime more, than the caregiver.


Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It's a good way for you to take time for yourself.


Respite care can provide:


• A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
• Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
• Comfort and peace of mind knowing that your loved one is spending time with another caring individual


Respite care services can give the individual an opportunity to:


• Interact with others having similar experiences
• Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
• Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs


Plan Ahead: Respite Care for Unexpected Situations


•Emergencies, unplanned situations or unexpected trips can create a need for immediate care by an alternative caregiver. Try providers out in a non-emergency situation, so you're ready if the need arises. Most of the time respite is pre-scheduled to ensure that proper staffing and training is in place prior to the start.  ASI will make every effort to accommodate emergencies whenever possible.


It's normal to be apprehensive about trying something new. Common concerns caregivers have about using respite care include:


Cost: You may be surprised to learn that this could be a benefit that the State provides to your family free of charge.  Like other services provided under the Medicaid Waiver, the State of Indiana can help with providing your loved one with safety and security.


Reliability: You may be concerned about the dependability of the service. Those who work for an agency or facility should be reliable and well trained. ASI even has staff who are certified. If hiring someone independently, interview the person thoroughly and check references.


Guilt: You may believe that you should be able to "do it all”.  Seeking help does not make you a failure. It's important to remember that respite services benefit the person with a developmental disability as well as the caregiver.


Abilities Services, Inc. offers respite among a long list of other services that families are able to choose from.  One of the most requested items that we offer is assistance to families as they begin the process of applying for the Medicaid Waiver, a must needed first step in gaining respite assistance.  Feel free to use us as a resource, call or stop by, and we will assist in the completion of the paperwork at no charge to you!



What is a Disability?

The definition of a developmental disability includes, but is not limited to: an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, a severe head injury that occurred before the age of 22, or a severe seizure disorder.


Under federal law, "developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that:


  • attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
  • manifests before the individual attains age 22
  • is likely to continue indefinitely
  • results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    • self care
    • receptive and expressive language
    • learning
    • reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
    • economic self-sufficiency; and
    • capacity for independent living
    • self-direction
    • mobility


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