Respite Care

The Arc’s Respite Care Program provides quality care for the individual with a disability while giving family members short-term relief from their day-to-day caregiving routines.

The Respite Care Program’s primary goal is to offer a community-based service to families so that they might be more supportive of their family member with a developmental disability living in the home.

Other goals are:

  • To maintain and strengthen family units
  • To prevent out-of-home placement
  • To circumvent crisis situations
  • To allow persons with disabilities the opportunity to live as normally as possible
  • To relieve parent of the stresses associated with caring for a person with disabilities

On a pre-arranged basis, qualified care providers come to the home and care for the person with a disability while others are away, or busy with other activities in or around the home.

Services are available on an hourly or overnight basis, and may include community outings and activities with the family’s consent.

Respite Care is available for anyone of any age who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability or delay. Respite Care is available in Moore, Richmond, Hoke, Anson and Montgomery counties.

Respite Options:

In-Home Respite: Families and the individual with a disability are carefully matched with a trained care provider who will come to the home to provide short-term relief to the family caregivers. The Respite Coordinator first will visit the family and then introduce one or more care providers to the situation. When everyone is comfortable, the family will request respite services through the Respite Coordinator and the care provider will provide respite services in the family’s home.

Community outings: Some families prefer that their family member with a disability be given more opportunity for social inclusion in the community. Trained care providers will accompany the individual on outings such as shopping, movies, dining, etc. at the consumer’s request, while other family members take a break at home.

Group outings: People with disabilities like to go out with friends, although the frequency of such events are often limited to the schedules of other family members. A trained care provider can be the chaperone of a small group (2-4) individuals of the same peer group for community activities such as bowling, movies, dining, etc. on a pre-arranged monthly basis.

Program Support:

If a consumer is receiving Medicaid waiver services (CAP-MR/DD), then Medicaid is billed for respite services.

Additional funds to provide quality respite care services are made possible through a contract with Sandhills Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; the County of Moore; United Way of Moore County, and through individual grants from First In Families, The Arc’s program of family support. No one is refused services based on inability to pay.

How to apply:

Anyone, including a consumer, family member or other agencies, may make a referral for Respite Care by contacting the Respite Program Coordinator.

An application is completed by the family and once eligibility is determined, a home visit will be scheduled by the Program Coordinator. During the home visit, the coordinator will explain respite services and assist the family in completing assessment and release forms.

Following the home visit, the coordinator will begin interviewing potential care providers, or if the family has someone in mind, arrange an interview with that person. All care providers must complete training in CPR and First Aid, confidentiality, human rights, Universal Precautions/bloodborne pathogens, among other competencies.

When the coordinator makes a match, the care provider is sent on a get-acquainted visit. When a match is made and everyone is comfortable, the family may begin scheduling their respite needs through the care provider.

To obtain an application, contact the Respite Program Coordinator.

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