Taking time for yourself is not selfish. It has been earned. You can visit friends or family members, take a much needed vacation, shop or get errands run, SLEEP, anything you choose to do while someone is providing you with respite. After all, this is YOUR TIME.
Why should I take a break from caregiving?
Taking a break from the responsibilities of care giving can make you a better caregiver overall. It cuts down on stress, will keep you healthier, and will keep you from becoming burned out on the care that you are providing. But more important, it will make you a better caregiver in the end.
How to qualify for the vouchers?
If you are currently helping someone that is 60 or older with 2 or more activities of daily living, then you CAN qualify.
You may also qualify for the program if you are a senior age 55 or older and raising a relative child under the age of 18.
What is the voucher program?
The voucher program is designed to assist the primary caregiver and allow him/her a chance for respite (relief).
How does it work?
You hire any person you choose that is 18 years or older to come in and provide the care while you get a break. This person can be a friend, family member, neighbor, someone from your church or organization, or a professional provided that they do not live with you or the person you are caring for. They do not have to be a licensed professional….unless you feel that is what is needed. After all, the caregiver is the expert. You hire, set the amount of pay, time they will provide the care, what jobs will be performed while you are away, and decide how long the care will be given. Once the care is given, you fill out the voucher, and the person you hired will mail it in to the provided address on the form and will then receive their payment by direct deposit.
Will this count against me as income?
No, because you are not actually receiving the money. It only counts as income on the person coming in and providing you the break. They are called the respite provider.
Can I receive these vouchers if I am currently receiving respite by hospice or the ADVantage program?