Standards for Canadian organizations

2020 Edition

Respite Care (CA-RC) 3: Access to Services

Respite care is available to meet the needs of caregivers.
2020 Edition

Currently viewing: RESPITE CARE (CA-RC)

VIEW THE STANDARDS

Purpose

Respite Care reduces caregiver stress, promotes the well-being and safety of care recipients, and contributes to stable families.
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
No Self-Study Evidence
  • Outreach strategies and informational materials
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel

CA-RC 3.01

Respite care providers assess the need for respite care in the community and collaborate with other organizations to promote available, affordable respite care.

CA-RC 3.02

Outreach strategies connect caregivers with respite care before they become overwhelmed with care-giving responsibilities.