Respite Care (CA-RC) 2: Personnel
InterpretationCompetency can be demonstrated through education, training, or experience. Support can be provided through supervision or other learning activities to improve understanding or skill development in specific areas.
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PurposeRespite Care reduces caregiver stress, promotes the well-being and safety of care recipients, and contributes to stable families.
- With some exceptions, staff (direct service providers, supervisors, and program managers) possess the required qualifications, including education, experience, training, skills, temperament, etc., but the integrity of the service is not compromised; or
- Supervisors provide additional support and oversight, as needed, to the few staff without the listed qualifications; or
- Most staff who do not meet educational requirements are seeking to obtain them; or
- With few exceptions, staff have received required training, including applicable specialized training; or
- Training curricula are not fully developed or lack depth; or
- Training documentation is consistently maintained and kept up-to-date with some exceptions; or
- A substantial number of supervisors meet the requirements of the standard, and the organization provides training and/or consultation to improve competencies when needed; or
- With few exceptions, caseload sizes are consistently maintained as required by the standards or as required by internal policy when caseload has not been set by a standard; or
- Workloads are such that staff can effectively accomplish their assigned tasks and provide quality services and are adjusted as necessary; or
- Specialized services are obtained as required by the standards.
- A significant number of staff (direct service providers, supervisors, and program managers) do not possess the required qualifications, including education, experience, training, skills, temperament, etc.; and as a result, the integrity of the service may be compromised; or
- Job descriptions typically do not reflect the requirements of the standards, and/or hiring practices do not document efforts to hire staff with required qualifications when vacancies occur; or
- Supervisors do not typically provide additional support and oversight to staff without the listed qualifications; or
- A significant number of staff have not received required training, including applicable specialized training; or
- Training documentation is poorly maintained; or
- A significant number of supervisors do not meet the requirements of the standard, and the organization makes little effort to provide training and/or consultation to improve competencies; or
- There are numerous instances where caseload sizes exceed the standards' requirements or the requirements of internal policy when a caseload size is not set by the standard; or
- Workloads are excessive, and the integrity of the service may be compromised; or
- Specialized staff are typically not retained as required and/or many do not possess the required qualifications; or
- Specialized services are infrequently obtained as required by the standards.
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- assessing the need for additional services;
- identification of changes in functioning;
- identification of medical needs or problems;
- use of adaptive equipment, such as braces and wheelchairs;
- providing personal care, including lifting techniques; and
- determining if a crisis situation is imminent and intervene using appropriate resources.
- an advanced degree in social work or a comparable human service field with one year of relevant experience; or
- a bachelor's degree in social work or a comparable human service field with two years of relevant experience.
- assigning a worker at intake or early in the contact; and
- avoiding the arbitrary or indiscriminate reassignment of direct service personnel.
There is at least one person on duty in each respite setting whenever care is being provided that has received first aid and age-appropriate CPR training in the previous two years that included an in-person, hands-on CPR skills assessment conducted by a certified CPR instructor.
InterpretationWhile a physical examination is preferred, personnel should receive a general health screening performed by a qualified medical practitioner, provided that the screening addresses communicable diseases.
- a criminal record check for all adults living in the provider’s home; and
- relevant caregiving experience.
InterpretationWhen a finding of child or adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation is indicated, guidelines should be used to determine the appropriateness of provider responsibilities.
InterpretationElement (a) is only applicable if respite care is delivered in the provider's home.
- the qualifications, competencies, and experience of the worker, including the level of supervision needed;
- the work and time required to accomplish assigned tasks and job responsibilities; and
- service volume, accounting for assessed level of needs of persons served.