Respite Care

Services for People with Disabilities

Parents and guardians dedicate their lives to lifting up their loved ones with disabilities. In order to provide the best support, they also need time to care for themselves. LSI Respite Care provides caregivers with time for a much-needed break, while empowering children and adults with disabilities.

Benefits

• Relieving stress for busy caregivers
• Keeping Iowa families together
• Being a support system for families with additional needs
• Available in most Iowa counties

Eligibility

These services are funded by Medicaid. All eligible individuals must have Medicaid and one of the following waivers:
• Children’s Mental Health (CMH) Waiver
• Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver
• Home-Based Habilitation
• Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
• Health and Disability (HD) Waiver

Get Started

Contact:
Kelly Wagner, Statewide Manager of Supported Community Living and Respite
563.582.0044
Kelly.Wagner@LSIowa.org

LSI’s Established Network of Providers

 

LSI has a compassionate, dedicated team of respite providers ready to wrap care around your family.

We have providers ready in these counties:
Black Hawk  |  Bremer  |  Dubuque  |  Jasper  |  Linn  |  Mahaska  |  Marshall
Polk  |  Pottawattamie  |  Story  |  Wapello

We Provide Family Choice!

 

We will work with a family to hire a “deemed respite provider” of their choosing. This provider can be a family member, friend, Sunday school teacher, teacher’s aide, or other support.

Family Choice is available in these counties:
Boone  |  Butler  |  Cass  |  Clinton  |  Dallas  |  Des Moines  |  Grundy  |  Hardin
Jackson  |  Johnson  |  Jones  |  Poweshiek  |  Shelby  |  Tama  |  Warren

Whether families choose a deemed or established provider, safety and quality are our priorities. LSI provides oversight, paid training, and support for all respite providers. We ensure respite is provided in a safe and nurturing environment by completing additional background checks and home surveys for providers who offer care from their own home.

Families Interested in Respite Care

What does LSI Respite Care look like?

You want the best for your loved one. We believe you need time to take care of yourself, as well! We’ll work with your family to connect you with a respite provider that is the perfect fit for you, so you can take a much-needed break while feeling confident that your loved one is receiving high-quality care. LSI can provide respite care for up to 48 hours at a time. Please note that we do not provide emergency services.

These service payments won’t come out of your family’s pocket, and LSI Respite Care is available for families with Medicaid and one of the following waivers:
– Children’s Mental Health (CMH) Waiver
– Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver
– Home-Based Habilitation
– Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
– Health and Disability (HD) Waiver

Where do I start?

To get set up with LSI Respite Care, please contact your family case manager and have them refer you to LSI. If you are unsure of who your case manager is, your doctor, psychologist, or legal representative will be able to assist you.

Questions? Contact Kelly.Wagner@LSIowa.org.

Individuals Interested in Becoming a Provider

What does LSI Respite Care look like?

Providing respite care is the perfect opportunity for you to make a difference for Iowa families while also working on a flexible schedule that fits your needs. LSI will pay for all training you need to get started, and all hours you work will be paid.

Safety is always our top priority. LSI spends time matching you with the individual and family that are the perfect fit for you!

See what a day in the life of respite care looks like here.

“The relationships you build, the value you give, and the time you devote to respite care is very rewarding when you know you’ve made a difference for a family.”  – Jill, an LSI respite provider

Become a Deemed Respite Provider!

We will work with a family to hire a “deemed respite provider” of their choosing. Here are some ideas of who might make a great deemed provider:
– A teacher connected with a child
– Teacher aides, paraeducators, or other school personnel connected with a child
– A Sunday school teacher or church group leader connected with an individual
– Nurses, doctors, or other medical professionals connected with an individual
– Family friends or neighbors
– Coaches, Girl Scout or Boy Scout leaders, or other community leaders
– Mentors or tutors connected with an individual

Where do I start?

View our job board

Don’t see a position available in your area, or have questions? Contact Kelly.Wagner@LSIowa.org.

Funder and Referral Information

What does LSI Respite Care look like?

LSI provides individual and group respite care for Iowans of all ages. We offer the flexibility of Consumer Choice Options with the added comfort and security of having the oversight of an agency. We’ll take care of the paperwork so families can be stress-free! We work with families and providers to build a schedule that works for them, and we wrap care around families by collaborating with other services they use. LSI can provide respite care for up to 48 hours at a time. Please note that we do not provide emergency services.

LSI Respite Care is available for families with Medicaid and one of the following waivers:
– Children’s Mental Health (CMH) Waiver
– Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver
– Home-Based Habilitation
– Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
– Health and Disability (HD) Waiver

“As a case manager, I appreciate the quick response when I contact LSI regarding a referral or an issue. My consumers have been very pleased that LSI staff are responsible and willing to go the extra mile for them. Team members have great programming ideas and are willing to implement them in a timely manner. I get a true feeling of compassion and a desire to help others from all staff.” – An LSI community partner

Where do I start?

Complete this form and email it to Respite@LSIowa.org. Upon receipt of your referral, an LSI supervisor will contact you with more information about next steps.

Questions? Contact Kelly.Wagner@LSIowa.org.

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