Being a respite care professional provider can be incredibly rewarding work. Respite providers can make a valuable difference in the lives of caregivers and individuals receiving care. There is currently a shortage of respite care providers in the state of Colorado, which can make it difficult for families and caregivers to find local respite care services – especially in rural areas. By becoming a respite provider, individuals can provide important services to individuals and families.
Colorado does not require a formal respite provider certification or endorsement. Most respite care professionals either work for an agency or as an independent provider. Individuals may be attracted to either option for various reasons, though there are some key differences that are important to keep in mind. This page provides information on some of those differences. For more information on types of respite care and types of respite providers, please see this page.
Individual provides as an employee of a respite agency. There are many types of agencies offering various kinds of respite care services, though most agencies restrict their care parameters to certain ages, needs, or types of respite care.
Individual works for themselves to provide respite care services independently.
One important distinction between respite provider agencies is whether the organization is a Program Approved Service Agency (PASA). PASAs are respite provider agencies that provide services that are reimbursable by Medicaid. Non-PASA agencies can still provide a full range of respite care services, but must take clients who are able to private pay, or have some other scholarship funding.