Respite Services

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is the provision of short-term temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, who might otherwise require permanent placement outside the home.

Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid care givers of children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship. Respite also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care. Respite can be in the family’s home, in the provider’s home or in the community.

In-home respite

Caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities can be a daily challenge. Sometimes caregivers simply need a few hours away to rest and recharge so they can meet the ongoing needs of their family.

The In-Home Respite Program offers caregivers that much-needed relief so that they may have the opportunity to go shopping, tend to family business or simply relax.

Our goal for our In-Home Respite program is to enable the caregiver to feel comfortable taking a break from the intensive supervision and care of their family member. The Arc honors and respects the physical and emotional energy necessary to care for your family.

While family members enjoy their break, trained respite workers provide support for the individual needing care. This one-on-one care is tailored to the needs and desires of the individual. Training and support are provided in a variety of areas, including:

  • Recreation and Leisure Activities
  • Community Integration
  • Shopping
  • Social Skills
  • Personal Hygiene and Self-Help skills
  • Household tasks

The Arc Lane County hires qualified and caring professionals and honors the family’s and client’s choice of respite provider. Lane County Developmental Disability Services is the primary funding source for respite services. Hours authorized vary depending on individual needs and family support. Please check with your Service Coordinator regarding eligibility. Respite services are also provided on a private pay basis.

Family Registration Form (online form)

How Can I Ensure that Respite Care is Quality Care?

When evaluating a respite care program, family members should check to see if the agency is licensed by the state of Oregon, DHS and if the caregivers have the qualifications necessary for the job. Some questions to ask an agency providing respite services include:

  • Are families limited to a certain number of hours for services needed?
  • Can the provider take care of more than one person at a time?
  • Can family members meet and interview the people who will be providing the respite care?
  • Does the program provide transportation?
  • Does the program keep an active file on the individual’s medical condition and other needs? Is there a written care plan?
  • How are the caregivers screened for their jobs?
  • How are the caregivers trained? Do they receive extra training, where appropriate, to meet specific family needs?
  • How are the caregivers supervised and evaluated?
  • How much does the respite care cost? What is included in the fee?
  • How far ahead of time do family members have to call to arrange services?
  • How is the program evaluated? Are family members contacted for their feedback?

If you are hiring an independent respite care provider some questions you may ask include:

  • Are you insured?
  • Do you have any references? What are they?
  • Do you have any special skills that might help you with this job?
  • Have you ever worked with someone in the same medical condition as my loved one?
  • How would you handle the following situation? (Cite examples of challenges you have encountered as a family caregiver.)
  • What is your background and training?
  • What are your past experiences in providing respite care?
  • When are you available?
  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • Why did you leave your last job?

For more information about In-Home Respite, please contact Sunshine Bodey at 541.914.3502 or email Sunshine at