This service gives a participant’s unpaid caregiver a short break from caretaking duties when they are unable to do so because of unusual circumstances.

Respite Services may be provided in or out of the participant’s home. It provides assistance in completing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs include bathing, dressing, and eating, or doing housework, managing money, and cooking). The respite service provider must try to follow the participant’s regular schedule of activities. The use of respite can be any combination of in-home or out-of-home time, as long as the cost is not more than $6,000 during the Individual Support Plan year.

An example of the use of respite is when a caregiver has jury duty and must be out of the house for a few hours at a time they would usually be home, or needs to be away overnight to attend to a family emergency.