In-Home Respite Care316-267-1771, ext. 233
Helping Dependent People Remain at Home
Caring for homebound dependents can be physically and emotionally draining. Caregiver stress leads to chronic illness often causing the caregiver to pass away before the dependent loved one. In-Home Respite Care provides trained workers to come into the home to take care of dependents age 60+ so that primary caregivers can have time for themselves. These “breaks” give caregivers the opportunity to rest or to do the things they like or need to do all while knowing that loved ones are safe and cared for. The program recognizes that everyone needs a life that is at least partly their own. Workers assist caregivers and their families to reduce the strain of caregiving, and to help dependent people remain at home and out of nursing homes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
Applicants must live in Sedgwick County and be responsible for 24-hour care for a dependent aged 60 or better.
Who provides Respite Care?
All workers are paid employees of Senior Services. They receive a 28-hour training program to ensure that each worker is familiar with care and safety issues. Senior Services staff screens all workers and checks all references prior to assigning them to families
How many hours does Respite Care provide?
Respite Workers visit the home for a 3 hour block of time typically on the same day and at the same time each week. Families have the same worker each week which maintains consistency and forms a bond between the family and the worker. While 3 hours a week doesn’t sound like much time our families report this “break” is the difference between keeping their loved one at home with them versus sending them to a nursing facility.
Is there a charge for Respite Care?
The program charges $10.00 per hour for 3 hours a week equaling $30 per week. More hours can be arranged with additional fees but availability cannot be guaranteed.
How do I apply for Respite Care?
Anyone can request In-Home Respite Care by calling 316-267-1771, ext. 233. After the request is made the program coordinator will perform a home assessment to determine eligibility. We also accept referrals from all service agencies who perform home assessments.