Respite Care across our nation is going to get help by Federal grants as reported in Disability Scoop by Shaun Heasley. The grants are part of the federal Lifespan Respite Care Program. Currently 24 states are part of the Lifespan program and Rhode Island is one of those states. The Lifespan Respite Care Program was created by Congress in 2006.
Respite Care in Rhode Island is a program that is managed through the Department of Human Services. Respite services allow the parents or guardians that are caring for a child with disabiliites to have time to themselves. The current program, if approved, allows 100 hours per year. Caregivers make both emotional and financial sacrifices to care for a person with disabilities daily.
To apply for Respite Care in Rhode island, you must contact a CEDARR Family Agency. The qualifications to receive Respite Care in Rhode Island for your child with disabilities are:
- be under 21 years old
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a Rhode Island resident
- meet income and resource requirements (only child’s income and resources)
- live at home
- require an institutional level of care at home similar to a hospital, nursing home, or intermediate care facility for people with Mental Retardation.
It has been proven that it costs significantly less to provide in home care and support than to pay for 24-hour, 365 days-per-year, care in an institution.