Tips To Recruit In-Home
Respite Providers

Below are suggestions and tips to recruit in-home respite providers from where to begin looking for people, advertise, and salary offers.

Suggestions for Recruitment of In-Home
Respite Providers

Start with your child's school or day program for recruiting people to care for your child at home. School staff is professionally trained staff that knows your child and, very often, is looking for additional work hours after school or program. Seek out the coordinator of the after school program, and explain that you have hard wonderful things about his or her staff and the program.

  • Develop a flyer that describes what you are looking for (number of hours per week, types of activities, etc.)
  • Visit your high school service club in person to distribute your flyers rather than calling or sending it. Post your flyer as well as a picture of your child if possible.
  • When recruiting at school, especially from teachers and teacher aides, let them know that you have a funding source so that they do not feel badly about taking reimbursement from you (if applicable. i.e. Medicaid waiver funding source).
  • Request a copy of the substitute list from your school. Very often these individuals are seeking additional employment as well.
  • Many schools have an employment service for their students. If you wouldn't mind hiring a high school student, as for the coordinator of the faculty person who would hook you up with this program.

You can also recruit from the local BOCES, or even local college programs. Colleges may have a special education department in which students are required to complete volunteer work or work in a field placement with a special needs child. Your request may fulfill this requirement as well as provide them with extra cash. Once you explain that you can provide reimbursement, they will be more eager to do the job. College LPN and RN programs might also be a source of staff.

Church bulletins are another excellent source. Some even have a special section for employment, or situations wanted.

Mention that you need someone to provide some care for your child to everyone you know. Even if they can't provide the service, maybe they know someone who can. Talk to your bus drivers, aides, therapist, and volunteer groups like the Knights of Columbus (if you are involved in such groups). Don't be shy… tell everyone.

Pay well. Most respite providers are getting between $8 and $10 per hour in today's market. You may want to pay more if your child has behavioral and/or physical challenges. Talk to other parents and get ideas from them, or possibly share staff. Source: Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Service Office

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