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Old 05-08-2006, 10:42 PM   #1
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Respite/Caregivers

In our county, there are a certain amount of funds available as respite funds, for someone to come in your house &/or to take your child out in the community. My son is 14 and I love the idea of a break, but it creeps me out having a stranger come over and especially to take him somewhere.

Has anyone had any experience in this? We have just let our funds waste away. I hired high school girls and found out they were on their MY SPACE account while I was away at work!!! TRUE...

 
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:57 AM   #2
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Re: Respite/Caregivers

I have a CAP worker who comes out everyday and takes my son into the community. She is great. The important thing about these services is that you interview the workers, no one gets sent out to work with your son unless you have approved them.

 
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Old 05-09-2006, 06:23 AM   #3
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Re: Respite/Caregivers

Tales:
Thanks for your response....
What is CAP? Do you give your caregiver skills you want them to work with on your child?
With summer coming, I'd like to set up something with a respite provider.
I think in the past it had its flaws because I didn't provide enough structure for them. It made me mad that I'd come home and could tell she'd been on
my computer all day. Had to put a password on it to keep her out. It's not like my son was going to let me know about it.

 
Old 05-09-2006, 07:25 AM   #4
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Re: Respite/Caregivers

CAP is a service provided by the Mental Health Dept. You work with a Case Manager in setting up goals, things the CAP worker has to work on with your child. My son gets 20 hours a week. You can specify how much time you need them to spend at home working on a specific goal and how much time they can go out in the community. You choose what agency you want for Case Manager, you choose the agency you want to provide the actual Cap services, and you choose the Cap worker. Medicaid pays for this so I know out of pocket money. She works on fine motor skills, potty training, bathing and dressing skills, sensory issues, communication, and gross motor skills.

 
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