Lifespan Respite
Technical Assistance Center

Expanding Overnight Respite Options

  • 16 Nov 2017 5:11 PM
    Reply # 5590040 on 5586526
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Nadine Walter, Oklahoma Lifespan Respite Grant Manager, Aging Services

    During the 2013 Lifespan Respite Grant, we subcontracted with an adult day center to provide caregivers a temporary place for their loved ones to stay overnight. Please see Latosha Lornes explanation below regarding how she was able to facilitate such an arrangement. I am sure she would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. 

    I managed the entire process so that there was nothing required of the families.  Daily Living Center (DLC) made contracts with the providers and then DLC made contact with the provider to determine the availability for the families. The provider typically completed an evaluation (a lot of times at DLC) for appropriateness.  Once this was determined, provider contacted me to let me know if it was approved.  I then arranged dates/time for respite. 

    Latosha Lornes, MHCA, Social Services, Daily Living Centers, Bethany OK 73008

    405/792-2401 phone

  • 16 Nov 2017 2:43 PM
    Reply # 5589802 on 5586526
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Peggy Jensen

    NE Respite Network
    Lifespan Respite Specialist

    I emailed some of my advisory board members (with Care Facilities in Central NE)  and I had the following replies:

    1. Medicaid waiver pays for overnight stays in facilities when families needs a break.  They used to cover what we charge for a respite room which is $135 a night but now they will only pay for what one night of AL living rates which amounts to $56.70.  I don't feel that is enough for all the paperwork we need to do before they come in and the care they may need in an unfamiliar place.  We have used emergency respite funds when caregiver went into hospital or there was a death in the family.  Jeanette
    2. I’m not sure if Oregon has different regulations than Nebraska. We do have to do the same paperwork as long-term admissions. Not sure why those facilities would turn down a head in a bed. The paperwork is not that time consuming.  Kent

  • 14 Nov 2017 6:20 PM
    Message # 5586526
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following request for information is from Jon Bartholomew, Director, Government Relations, AARP Oregon State Office.


    In Oregon, we have found that caregivers have a very difficult time finding respite that lasts overnight or for several days. Even if they can afford to have their loved one stay at an Assisted Living Community, Adult Foster Home, or similar for a week, there are very few of those facilities who will take them. The primary reason cited is that the long term care facilities have to do all the same time consuming processes/paperwork for a 3 day stay that they would for a 3 year stay. As a result, they have little incentive to offer short term or overnight stays.


    Has your state done something that makes it easier to find overnight/short term respite? Do you have suggestions on what might be a solution to this problem?


    Last modified: 14 Nov 2017 6:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance Center

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