ERIC Number: ED353094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Developing a Respite Program in a Rural Community.
Culpepper, Maribeth; And Others
Respite care provides relief or backup emergency care for families of individuals who are developmentally disabled. In sparsely populated rural areas, center-based urban models for service delivery and provider recruitment and training may be inappropriate. Las Cumbres Learning Services has developed a model for provision of respite care services in a large rural area of north-central New Mexico. This report describes elements of this model that could be adapted to other rural areas, including needs assessment; deciding between center-based and home-based respite care; deciding between volunteers and paid providers; limited forms of respite care (on-call providers, after-school arrangements, transportation); allocating respite hours among families; waiting lists; defining emergency use; program publicity; and recruiting, approving, and training providers. Las Cumbres uses a three-tier training model to better meet the needs of families with strong cultural and family structures. Level I providers are family members who complete minimal training. Level II providers complete 40 hours of specialized training or have a bachelor's degree or 3 years of experience in the field. Level III providers meet Level II requirements and provide services to at least two families. (SV)
Descriptors: Community Services, Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Family Caregivers, Family Programs, Home Programs, Human Services, Models, Respite Care, Rural Areas, Rural Family, Training
Las Cumbres Learning Services, Inc., P.O. Box 1362, Espanola, NM 87532 (as part of their "How To Start a Respite Program" manual, $30).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Extracted from: "Common Threads: Weaving Together Rural Resources for People with Disabilities," (ED 348 179), pages 45-52.