Respite services for children and adults are funded differently. The
funding generally determines the eligibility.
Some programs require the
consumer to be eligible for MaineCare (Medicaid); some do not.
Some programs only offer
respite services, some offer respite as one of many services that you
will receive if you are eligible for their program.
As with all services funded
by community and state agencies, programs and eligibility for services
are always changing.
If you carry private health
insurance, check if respite services are covered. Some insurances offer
There are not enough direct
care workers in Maine to provide respite, so often there is a waiting
list for services. In order to get respite services you should get your
name on the waiting list, even if you don't need respite at the moment.
Even if you are found
eligible and allocated funds for respite services, there may still be a
wait for the respite service.
Check if the agency that is
providing the respite worker does national background checks, trains,
and certifies workers and maintains a registry of workers. Some
agencies may only do some of these steps.
Some agencies allow you to
select your own respite worker (a friend or neighbor), others may
restrict the selection from their own registered respite workers.
Respite agencies pay in home
respite workers at different rates of pay. They are usually based on
the respite workers' skills and the level of needs of the consumer.
The regional Area
Agencies on Aging (AAA) support respite services for elderly. Contact
your local (AAA) to see if funds are available for emergency respite