Offering Reprieve and Respite Care
Horizons provides respite to caregivers, giving short-term relief from the demands of caring with a child with special mental health care needs.
We serve caregivers who need a temporary respite and also train providers to offer care.
Why Respite Care?
- Respite care provides a break for child and family/household.
- Respite keeps the child in the home and reduces the likelihood of out-of-home placement.
- Respite provides structure to the child and creates increased family stability.
When is Respite Necessary?
- When a family needs an occasional break from the 24/7 realities of caregiving.
- When the demands of caring for a child or youth with special mental health needs are too great or complex for a regular caregiver/babysitter.
- When a family needs to refresh, to be better able to cope with complex responsibilities.
What Does A Respite Day Look Like?
- The child is included in a Respite Care Provider’s family routine.
- Medications are given as directed.
- Progress notes are recorded.
How Can I Become a Respite Care Provider?
Horizons trains individuals to provide respite care. Respite providers are compensated $65/day. Qualified individuals must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Provide the necessary home environment and pass a home licensing inspection
- Complete required training
- Mandt, offered at HMHC
- First Aid and CPR
- Online Medication Course
- PS MAPP, offered at HMHC