What is Respite

Respite providers are adults chosen and paid by the Home Share Provider to provide scheduled ‘breaks’ to the Home Share Provider. Respite Providers offer ‘relief’ support to the person receiving Home Share Support. This ‘relief’ typically takes place in the Respite Provider’s home for a short period of time (usually weekends).

Benefits of Respite

For the Person Supported:

  • provides social, recreational and growth opportunities
  • provides an opportunity for the individual to stay with another family and form relationships

For the Home Share Provider:

  • provides a break from the caregiver role
  • offers an opportunity to enhance other family relationships

For the Respite Provider:

  • provides an opportunity to share their lives and demonstrate to their family the benefits of respite care
  • provides additional family income


As a contracted Home Share Provider, part of the funding attached to most contracts held with CCSS includes an allotment for Respite provision. It is an expectation that Home Share Providers utilize this amount to obtain and use Respite Services. (Check your contract amounts to determine if you are receiving this funding).

Submitting documentation on how respite dollars are allocated is important, including any additional respite utilized. Failure to do so can lead to a review of the Home Share contract where funds for respite provision can be lowered or cut.

Choosing a Respite Provider

As a Home Share Provider you can choose to obtain your respite with someone you know such as a friend, other family member, or neighbour. These natural resources are often familiar with the person you support and your family. You may already have a relationship and knowledge of the skill set of this potential Respite Provider. You may also approach individuals from the community that you know, such as church members, other support staff in the life of the person you support or anyone else that you feel may be interested in providing this type of support.

It is the Home Share Provider’s responsibility to ensure that the Respite Providers they choose have relevant experience, are familiar with their responsibilities and receive necessary training and information to provide adequate support to the individual.

Most importantly, the Home Share Provider must ensure that the Respite Provider and the person they support are a good fit, that is; the person supported is comfortable spending time in the Respite Provider’s home.

Screening and Interviewing

Home Share Providers must collect, keep on file and be able to produce copies of the following documentation related to the Respite Provider:

  • A current Criminal Record Check
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Current Driver’s Abstract
  • Signed Oath of Confidentiality

In addition, the Home Share Provider should obtain a current resume from the potential Respite Provider to determine past experience and/or training and also to obtain information for any references for the Respite Provider.

The Home Share Provider must also request a site visit to the potential Respite Provider’s home to determine suitability to the needs of the person supported. Layout of the home should be a consideration as well as the general cleanliness and organization of the home.

Further interview questions may include:

  • Do you have a First Aid kit and supplies that are readily available?
  • Who else lives in the home with you? Are they supportive of your decision to provide respite?
  • What is your availability to provide respite?
  • Is there any smoking in the home?
  • Are there any pets in the home?
  • What does your typical day look like?
  • How would you deal with any behavioural challenges that the person supported may present with?
  • How would you resolve conflict between people in the home?
  • What do concepts such as inclusion, self determination and community integration mean to you?


If the Home Share Provider determines that the potential Respite Provider and the person supported may be a good fit, the Home Share Provider will arrange for several short visits between the potential Respite Provider and the person supported to ensure a good match. If all parties are comfortable, the Home Share Provider must then provide the Respite Provider with all documentation, training and information necessary to ensure safe and consistent supports.

Information Sharing

The Home Share Provider must provide the Respite Provider with the following, before enlisting the services of the Respite Provider:

  • personal profile of the person supported including
    • emergency contact numbers,
    • contact information for the Home Share Coordinator,
    • contact information for the person’s physician,
    • diagnosis and medical needs
    • list of allergies
    • list of medications
  • the most recent ISP for the person supported including
    • current and effective support strategies
    • current and effective person care protocols
    • current risk assessment
    • community involvement
    • information on relationships
  • the most recent behaviour support plan (if applicable)
  • a written ‘daily routine’ for the person supported
  • training on reporting incidents involving the person supported and resources to do so

The key to a successful and sustainable relationship with a Respite Provider is open and clear communication to ensure safe and effective supports for the person you serve.

The Home Share Provider is encouraged to contact their Home Share Coordinator if they are having trouble securing respite or would like more information.

2 Replies to “Respite”

  1. Do I need to request a criminal record check from my parents if they are providing respite? I understand the need for it if you don’t know the person’s history but what about in this case? Your comments would be appreciated.

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