RC 7: Care and Supervision
Care recipients receive individualized care and supervision
that promote their safety and well-being.
Families are matched with providers that can meet their needs or receive information to enable them to select a suitable respite provider.
Care recipients that require therapeutic or medical treatment should be matched with a provider that has appropriate skills and qualifications.
- are familiar with the care recipient’s daily routine, preferred foods and activities, and needed therapeutic or medical care; and
- respect the culture, race, ethnicity, language, religion, and sexual orientation of the care recipient.
When the care recipient is involved in regular therapeutic, educational, or employment activities, the respite provider works with caregivers to plan for continued participation.
Respite providers offer activities with enriched content appropriate to the interests, age, development, physical abilities, interpersonal characteristics, and special needs
of the care recipient.
Crisis respite care provides needed developmentally and age appropriate interventions to help the care recipient cope with trauma or stress associated with the crisis.
Close supervision of care recipients ensures their safety and improves service quality, and provider-care recipient ratios do not exceed:
- one to four when children are under school age;
- one to eight during waking hours; and
- one to twelve during sleeping hours.
Ratios must be adjusted to meet the special needs of individuals that require therapeutic or medical care, or close monitoring
. Ratios include all other children or adults being cared for in the home or facility. Ratios demonstrate capacity for safe evacuation of care recipients in case
of an emergency.
When care recipients experience accidents, health problems, or changes in appearance or behavior, information is promptly recorded and reported to caregivers and administration
, and follow-up occurs, as needed.
The respite provider returns care recipients only to the caregiver, or another person approved by the caregiver, and follows guidelines for situations when a caregiver poses a safety risk or an individual requires protection.
should provide direction on how to use appropriate organizational or community
resources to respond to individuals who are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, mentally or physically unstable, or who present a safety concern.