• Head Office & Therapeutic Integration Center

    9500 Annapolis Road
    Suites B2 & B3
    Lanham, MD 20706
    Phone: (301) 850 1148
    Fax:     1 (866) 250 3233

    Therapeutic Integration Center

    12200 Plum Orchard Road
    Suite 120A
    Silver Spring, MD 20904
    Phone: (301) 658-1986
    Fax: 1 (866) 250 3233
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Respite Care Services


Autism Waiver Definition of Respite Care:

Respite care services are provided to individuals unable to care for themselves; furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care. It doesn’t involve focused teaching of goals and it is NOT guided by an individualized treatment plan in the way that IISS is guided. The primary goal of Respite is essentially to keep the child well-cared for in natural settings, and may include overnight stays in the child’s home while the parents are away.

Some specific autism waiver regulations on respite care are as follows:

  • Respite care must be provided in the individual’s home or place of residence (i.e. the individual must sleep overnight at his/her own home)
  • The individual may not be taken to the Respite Care Worker’s home to receive respite services

Services Provided during Respite Care include:

  • Engaging the individual in activities that interest him/her.
  • Taking the individual for community and other social development outings as designated by the family.
  • Providing the individual assistance with daily living

During Respite Care, the Respite Care Worker is expected to:

  • Essentially care for the individual in a safe environment.
  • Understand how to address the special needs of a person with autism.
  • Understand the challenges of handling the possible crises that children with autism can experience.
  • Be primarily responsible for the assigned individual; the Respite Care Worker cannot provide child-care to the individual’s siblings or others who need adult supervision.