Funding options for this service include several of the HCBS waivers.
This service is designed to give a person’s primary caretaker a break from their caretaker responsibilities. This can be provided in the home of the persons served or in the home of the respite provider. Individual Respite is provided to adults and children in many counties in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota. Group Respite is offered in Northwest Iowa at several locations.
Respite clients abilities and behaviors are on a large spectrum, and paricipating families benefit greatly from having a reliable and trained staff member to provide this break. Respite offers peace of mind that their loved one will have adequate care in their absence. Respite increases family relationships by not only allowing parents and siblings to have a break, but offering the ability to attend another child's activity or event without interruptions or not being able to be there altogether. Satisfaction surveys from parents and guardians indicate that this is a very valuable service to them, with comments on how the break is appreciated and allows them to keep their families together.