Respite for parents

Last modified by Hendrick Guerra on 2019/09/30 17:16

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Parents experience many challenges finding respite.  In this section you can find a summary of these challenges, a summary of what has been done to address these issues, quick guides/resources, and our full inventory of practical information for this category. Click the links below to jump to each section.


Gaps and barriers parents face

  • Parents of children with medical complexities have difficulty recruiting qualified personnel with experience.  Respite worker databanks are not specific to children who are medically complex. There are only a limited number of workers who are qualified and have experience with the medically fragile and technology dependent population.
  • Working with children with medical complexity requires specialized training such as nursing; therefore, respite services are more costly.
  • There is a high turn-over rate for Nurses, as well Personal Support Workers (PSWs) due to the entry level nature of the position. This makes it hard to retain consistent support.
  • Training workers requires lots of investment because of all of the unique needs inherent to medically complex children (equipment, medication, record keeping, emergency protocols, etc.)
  • Parents have difficulty trusting someone else to provide consistent and vigilant care for their child.
  • Out of home respite facilities are unable to provide 1 on 1 support for 24 hours a day.


What has been done

The literature indicates a mix of qualitative/quantitative evaluations of various respite programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, and Canada with overall positive impacts of the respite programs on caregivers’ lives.  One study suggested administrators may address the gaps in service delivery by developing high quality training programs for the use of unregulated respite providers.
There are also the following initiatives:
United States:

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Quick guides and resources

Don't have time to go through the whole inventory of practical information? You can see quick guides or resources for this category here.


Inventory of practical information

You'll find everything we've found for this category below.  Feel free to either search, filter by tags or browse the entire list

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