Potential Questions to Ask a Respite Provider Agency

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  • How are the workers selected and trained?
  • Are background checks performed?
  • Are respite workers licensed and bonded, if required?
  • What tasks can be performed by the respite worker?
  • Can the respite worker administer medications, assist with medical tasks or daily living needs, if necessary?
  • Will the respite provider engage in or offer activities or companion services requested by the person in care?
  • What hours and days are services available?
  • If the provider will be driving the care recipient, do they have a valid driver’s license?
  • What is the eligibility process?
  • What are the fees and how are they paid?
  • How are emergencies and problems handled?
  • Are references available?

Source: “The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers” by ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, updated June 2017 

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