The dictionary definition of Respite is “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.” At Gateway, we fully understand how stressful and difficult it can be to care for an individual with special needs full time. Our Respite Care program is designed to provide support to parents/caregivers of individuals with special needs. We provide short term, temporary care for providing relief and time to those who work so hard and selflessly every day to care for their dependents.
Respite Care/Program Overview
Who are Respite Providers?
Respite providers are individuals who are trained in CPR, First Aid and Gateway policies and procedures. All respite providers must pass an extensive background check, including the Limited Criminal History through the Indiana State Police.
Respite providers will care for your loved one(s) in or out of your home. Respite providers’ homes must also pass a home safety inspection. Qualifying families may select a chosen provider who must meet certain requirements. Chosen provider applications are available at Gateway.
Types of Respite Care:
BDDS Respite Care
For children and adults with special needs. The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) is part of the Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) within the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).
BDDS administers funding for services for individuals with developmental disabilities in order for them to maximize their capabilities and to actively participate in the community.
Contact the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
For those who have qualified for Support, Autism, Developmental Disability, or other waiver services.
For individuals or agencies in need of child care while group meetings occur. Call for hourly rates.
Funding sources for Gateway Respite Care services include:
- Family and Social Services Administration
- Division of Disabilities
- Rehabilitative Services
- Private Pay
Families may also utilize their respite funding to pay for child care.
Respite Funding Resources
The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) is a part of the Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) within the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).
BDDS administers funding for services for individuals with developmental disabilities in order for them to maximize their capabilities and to actively participate in the community. BDDS Service Coordinators work with individuals to access residential services and support needs based upon a person centered planning process that considers the individual’s goals and choices. Using a person centered planning process, BDDS Service Coordinators work with the individual and others as a team to determine the services needed and who should provide those services.
Individuals with developmental disabilities may be eligible for services if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
A mental and/or a physical impairment (other than a sole diagnosis of mental illness) that begins before the age of 22 and is expected to continue indefinitely. An individual must have substantial limitation in at least 3 of the following areas:
- Self care
- Receptive and expressive communication
- Capacity for independent living
- A request for services can be made at any of the Bureau’s field offices. You and your advocate, or your legal guardian must fill out and sign an application packet.
- Evaluations will be completed, as needed, to determine your eligibility and to assess your needs so that appropriate service recommendations can be made. These evaluations are done at no cost to you.
- It is necessary to go through a person centered planning process in order to understand your goals for actively participating in the community and your hopes for the future. An Individualized Support Plan will be developed that identifies the strategies and activities that were chosen and who will provide the services.
- The provision of services is based on the availability of funding and there may be a waiting lists for some services.
Choosing the best service providers possible is important. It is helpful to think about things that are important to you and your family.
- Think about the things that make you happy or unhappy. Ask the provider how they will help you in being happy and not unhappy.
- Think about what you want to do during the day. Ask how the provider will assist you in reaching the outcomes you have selected.
- Do you have medical needs that need attention? Ask the provider how they will address your needs. Ask how the provider will handle problems that might occur.
The more information you tell about yourself and your needs will help the provider know how they can best meet your needs. This is important when selecting all providers of service, including a case manager. The case manager can also help you chose other service providers. One source of information about different providers can be found at the ArcLink at http://www.TheArcLink.org/. The ArcLink is sponsored by The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Indiana.
For more information, please visit the BDDS Guide website through FSSA at: www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2795.htm