The Caregiver Action Network states “No one can expend their energy, strength, and time giving to someone else, especially in the demanding role of family caregiver, without replenishing their own reserves. Sooner or later, something has to give. Respite care brings temporary relief to primary caregivers from the continuing demands of someone with special needs. Respite care may be planned or emergency, in home or elsewhere, for a few hours or perhaps a couple of weeks. The purpose of respite is to allow the caregiver to rest, recharge, and remember that there is life beyond caregiving. Respite is about You. (Having someone stay with your loved one while you do the grocery shopping is not respite. It’s help.)”
The Consumer Directed Services model gives you and your loved ones the choice, freedom, flexibility, and control over their support workers and financial resources in order to develop and self-direct services and supports. These supports could be family, friends, neighbors, or anyone that you know and trust to help support your loved ones in their home.
Consumer Directions makes it an easy option for older adults who are at risk of assisted living or nursing home placement and who want to direct their own care in their own home. We serve those who are not currently Medical Assistance (MA) eligible and who want to live well at home, while being able to track the cost for care as they “spend down” to qualify for MA.
Our Fiscal Intermediary Services provide a cost-effective way for older adults to pay privately for non-agency workers to come into their home to provide them the help they need, rather than paying a home care agency’s overhead. You hire workers you know and trust, you determine the amount of support needed and set their hourly wage. We will process the payroll, pay the taxes, and provide worker’s compensation coverage.
To visit the Live Well at Home Website and find your way to lifelong community living visit http://www.mnlivewellathome.org/ for the 4 steps.
This page was supported, in part, by a Live Well at Home grant from, Minnesota Department of Human Services.