Respite Worker Skill Development

Have you got what it takes to work as a respite worker? Respite worker skills developments take on a cornucopia of different methods and while some agencies require you to have an advanced degree in a related field; others do not make this a prerequisite for employment.

Generally speaking, the skills developments that are found vary greatly and you will be wise to ask many questions prior to choosing any one particular agency over another.

    • Respite workers who specialize in respite care of children need to have a childcare background. Even though this does not require a four year degree, many agencies want to see some education maybe on the community college level that showcases an understanding of childhood development, milestones, and also basic child care skills.

    • Agencies offer classroom training within their facilities prior to assigning the respite care worker to any actual cases. This is done not only to provide a uniform training of the workforce, but also for insurance purposes so that care workers understand the limitations of care.

    • First aid is always a requirement and any respite care worker will know what to do in case of a first aid emergency.

    • In some cases the respite workers will be specialists with respect to behavioral issues or certain disabilities. This is often the case in situations where the patient is a child or adolescent with special needs.

    • Respite worker skills developments also determine the pay that the individual will receive. The more highly trained and specified the level of care a person may provide is, the more useful she or he will be to the agency.

    • Background checks very widely and even though all agencies will check criminal backgrounds to some extent, they usually are somewhat rudimentary. Skills developments take precedence over other checks and the agencies employing respite care workers usually are concerned with sending out workers who are highly trained, reliable, and well versed in emergency procedures that are in harmony with the agencys rules and regulations.

    • Even as staff training is a point of differentiation, many agencies do appear to be quite comparable in the care that their respite workers will provide and frequently it is a matter of finding an agency that is on the approved list for the health insurance company or the hospice center that Medicare is working with.

Kinship caregivers who do not wish to be bound by these limitations have the option of contracting with any respite care agency or independent care worker that comes highly recommended and who may fit the bill.

In some cases this might require a higher out of pocket expense for the patient or the caregiver, and it is wise to take this into consideration prior to making the decision of engaging the services of such an agency or care worker.

Comfort also plays a vital role in choosing the right agency. Sometimes the money takes a secondary role when it comes to providing care for a loved one.