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When you are searching for a respite worker or a day facility, be sure to ask the program coordinator the services and training they offer. Typical questions include:

  1. What training do staff receive before they are certified as respite workers?
  2. Has the staff member assigned to your family member worked with consumers with the same or similar needs as your family member?
  3. Who provides the training and what are their credentials?
  4. Can family caregivers attend and observe training sessions?
  5. How are background searches conducted on new employees?
  6. How do agency staff monitor the quality of the service?
  7. What kind of emergency training are staff given?
  8. What is the procedure for emergencies if the respite worker cannot reach the family caregiver?

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