The Idaho Senior Services Respite Program, which may also be called Family Care Respite, provides trained professionals that relieve a caregiver of his or her caregiving responsibilities for short periods of time. This program offers respite care, which depending on the region within the state, may be in the home, in adult day care, and in overnight residences. It is managed locally by the Area Agencies on Aging; some of which also provide transportation assistance services to help elderly care recipients, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, arrive in a respite care location.
Families have a choice of respite providers, but cannot choose to hire other family members to provide the respite care. Typically, families are given vouchers that they use to “pay” their respite caregiver. The respite caregiver then redeems the voucher with the state for payment.
It is possible to be denied services in this program due to lack of available funding or personnel. In these cases, qualified candidates can be added to a waiting list.