Standards for Canadian organizations

2020 Edition

Respite Care (CA-RC) 8: Short Term Residential Respite and Crisis Nursery Services

Facilities and services are designed to meet the needs of care recipients that require a short term stay in a residential respite or crisis nursery program.
NA The organization does not provide residential respite or crisis nursery services.
2020 Edition

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Respite Care reduces caregiver stress, promotes the well-being and safety of care recipients, and contributes to stable families.
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.
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.
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. 
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
  • Rules and behavioural expectations
  • Schedule of social and recreational activities
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Care recipients
  • Review case records
  • Observe facility

CA-RC 8.01

Program personnel provide care recipients with predictability and structure by establishing daily routines and rules developed with care recipients and their caregivers.

CA-RC 8.02

Care recipients are offered an organized daily program of age and developmentally appropriate social, recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities.


The organization and the caregiver should plan for continuation of educational services for children and youth, and the organization should coordinate educational services with relevant school districts.

CA-RC 8.03

Facilities include:
  1. sufficient supplies and equipment to meet the needs of care recipients;
  2. space and equipment for housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, and storage;
  3. rooms for providing on-site services, as applicable;
  4. at least one room suitably furnished for the use of on-duty personnel and space for administrative support functions; and
  5. private sleeping accommodations for personnel who sleep at the facility, if applicable.
Note: Please see the Facility Observation Checklist for additional guidance on this standard.

CA-RC 8.04

The facility accommodates informal gatherings of care recipients, including places to gather in inclement weather.
Note: Please see the Facility Observation Checklist for additional guidance on this standard.