Standards for private organizations

2020 Edition

Respite Care (RC) 3: Access to Services

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

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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

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.

RC 3.02

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