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Kentucky Disability Resource Guide

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Respite Care

Description: Respite Care consists of short term and temporary mental health or therapeutic home or adult treatment facility care to families with members who have disabilities, so that the caregivers and other family members can take a break from their daily routine of care giving. Respite care can also be offered overnight or for an extended period. Respite care helps alleviate the stress and consistent nature of caring for relatives with disabilities. Respite care also helps prevent burnout on behalf of the caregiver and family members. Furthermore, respite care also provides a change of daily schedule for the child, which can help strengthen both the child’s independence and relationships with others. Depending on the organization or volunteer(s), respite caregivers either visit the homes of these families or require visiting an Adult or Child Foster Care home, day care center or a respite group home. “Host families” or exchange programs consist of other families who also have a member with a disability temporarily caring for a friend or neighbor’s child and vice versa.

Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Community Mental Health Centers
Can arrange respite care services for individuals with developmental disabilities through outpatient services, crisis services and sometimes inpatient care for stabilization.
275 E. Main Street 4CD
Frankfort, KY 40621-0001

KY Community Mental Health Centers, listed in Additional Resources, may also provide or make referrals for respite services.

First Steps
Kentucky’s Early Intervention System offers respite care for children with developmental delays (aged 0-3 years) that are served by First Steps. The need for respite is determined by the Individualized Family Service Plan. The respite provider would need to be enrolled under the First Steps Respite Program handled by Seven Counties. Emergency respite care referrals would be made to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Protection and Permanency.
First Steps, Department for Public Health
75 E. Main St., HS2W-C
Frankfort, KY 40621
(877) 417-8377