Respite Care New York
We provide non-Medicaid consumer-directed respite fiscal intermediary (FI) services under the Alzheimer’s Disease Regional Caregiver Support Initiative, a grant-funded through the New York State Department of Health. CDChoices began administering consumer-directed respite services in March 2019. This program is designed to support caregivers and people with dementia in the community—CDChoices contracts with community partners and associations who are the recipients of these grants.
As a FI for consumer-directed respite services, we provide administrative support services to individuals providing care to persons who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Primary caregivers who are enrolled in the consumer-directed respite program are responsible for recruiting, hiring, employing, supervising, and terminating workers.
Respite care is intended to offer periodic relief to the primary caregiver by offering temporary, episodic care for individuals with dementia.
How Respite Care Helps Care Recipients and Their Families
When a family member or loved one is diagnosed with ” ’Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be a shock. Not only do you have to cope with the news, but you also have to begin planning for their care.
” ’Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers have a long list of responsibilities that never seem to end. From providing 24/7 care to managing medications and ” ’doctor’s appointments, caregivers often put their own needs last.
’ ‘’It’s no wonder that so many caregivers end up feeling burned out, stressed, and even ill themselves. This is not only dangerous for the caregiver but also for the person who is living with ” ’Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Everyone needs a break from their regular duties. Because caring for a loved one is often viewed as a voluntary action, many choose to downplay their need for rest and time to themselves.
” ’That’s where respite care comes in. These services allow you to take much-needed time for yourself with the assurance that your loved ’ ‘’one’s needs will continue to be met by a professional caregiver in your absence.
Respite care is also a flexible service that can scale up or down with your needs. For example, if you need only a few hours to run errands or plan to take a ” ’week’s vacation, a respite care provider can adapt to these plans.
Through a consumer-directed model, respite care recipients in New York State have more independent authority and decision-making power in selecting the right caregiver. This allows respite care to be more tailored to the individual and their unique needs.
Respite care services are not just for the caregiver. They also benefit the care recipient by providing social interaction, stimulation, and a change of scenery.
A respite care provider can offer much-needed companionship and conversation to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. They can also provide mental and physical stimulation through reading, walking, or even chatting about current events.
At CDChoices, our team of financial experts provides fiduciary fiscal intermediary services to recipients of Respite Care in Albany and New York State. We can ensure that your caregivers are paid promptly, efficiently, and accurately for their services by working with us. This helps remove many of the confusing financial obligations from your role as the consumer and allows you to enjoy more of the benefits of getting that much-needed break from everyday responsibilities.
To learn more about how we can assist you, contact us today to get started.