Respite care is necessary when a sick or disabled person is cared for by a friend or family member, and that loved one needs a short-term facility to have a break from caring for that patient. Sometimes, a caregiver neglects his/her own health while providing for loved ones, and these facilities allow them to focus on themselves temporarily while maintaining great care for their patient. Respite care can be done at a facility or at the home of the caregiver.
Respite care does not have strict educational requirements, but a high school degree is often a minimum requirement for the position. Classes in first-aid and CPR may be required depending on the conditions of those who will be in their care, and background clearances may also be required, as well as a valid photo I.D. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and have a method of reliable transportation, which is especially important when a job is located in a patient’s home.
Daily responsibilities of respite care providers vary based on the condition/s afflicting the patient. Some patients may need help with medication, cleaning, and moving from location to location, while others may suffer from retardation or similar afflictions, requiring the care provider to serve as a companion, as well. Most patients require help with bathing, feeding, using the bathroom, and general personal hygiene.
Pay for respite care providers is generally hourly and can vary depending on experience and qualifications. Shifts also vary depending on the work setting, as there may be additional hours or an “on-call” scenario for some patients. Those in this position must be comfortable dealing with the disabled and afflicted, and interpersonal skills are important to work with their family members, as well.
Respite Care Provider Tasks
Assist elderly or disabled adults and children with daily living activities at the person's home or residential facility.
Transport clients by car to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or outings.
Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and dishes, and running errands.
Provide personal care, companionship and help for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption or convalescence.