Multiple Day Service
- It is recommended that a Respite Care Provider complete at least four (4) hours of respite care service with your family before an overnight or multiple day service is provided. This should include at least one, (two hour) stay during which you and Respite Care Provider are in the home together. (This time should also be included in the hours recorded on the Respite Care Provider’s time sheet and is considered part of the hours authorized by Kern Regional Center.
- You and the Respite Care Provider must feel mutually comfortable about staying overnight before the arrangement can be confirmed.
Care of Siblings
Though respite care is intended for the diagnosed person, respite can also be provided for siblings, or other dependent family members. This is provided on a case by case basis. This depends upon the availability of Respite Care Providers who are willing to care for more than one individual at a time. FCS suggests a rate of $2.00 per hour for the first sibling and an additional $1.00 for each additional sibling. If you cannot afford this amount, you may negotiate an alternative arrangement with the Respite Care Provider before the respite takes place. FCS will not get involved with this arrangement; however FCS expects all private agreements will be fairly agreed upon and if difficulties arise with payment of sibling compensation, the service will be terminated.
A Respite Care Provider can care for up to four individuals at one time. Of these, no more than three can be clients. We would then try and send out two providers for the jobs with multiple clients (when available).
You must tell the Respite Care Provider of neighborhood friends whom the siblings are permitted to play with and provide their phone numbers. Parents must also state exactly what their children are allowed to do when playing away from home. Under no circumstances will the Respite Care Provider be responsible for any non-family member.