Services Overview

Respite services may be provided to families for a few hours or a few days, in the family home or at the Respite House, depending on the need and availability of service options. Respite is provided by prior arrangement for registered families.

Helping Hands Respite Care services are available to families living in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties. These families may be  caring for children or adults with disabilities, chronic illness, or age related conditions. To register for Helping Hands Respite Care services, family members may call Helping Hands Respite Care at 517-372-6671. The family will be given an intake packet of forms that need to be completed and returned to the Helping Hands office.  When one of our Program Supervisors receives this information they will work with the family members to create an individualized plan for care.  This care plan will be a guide to the trained Respite Care Providers employed by Helping Hands Respite Care to relieve the family caregivers.

Helping Hands Respite Care Provider Training Program

All new Helping Hands Respite Care employees must successfully complete an online training program which takes approximately six hours to complete; after the successful completion of the online training a half-day training and orientation will occur on the next available Friday.  Employees will learn specialized lifespan care techniques, specific procedures and skills, and ethics in providing quality care for people who have disabilities and age-related conditions.  Care providers also study how to maintain the dignity of those whom they serve, the necessity of assuring the prevention of abuse or neglect, and to take pride in achieving a  job well done.   After the initial training and working with families, Helping Hands Respite Care Providers will enhance their learning by obtaining continuing education credits each year.

Areas of Training Include:

  • Recipient Rights
  • Communication
  • Daily Personal Care
  • Seizures
  • Dementia Care
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Eating, Feeding, Swallowing
  • Health and Safety
  • Universal Precautions
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Medication Training
  • Family-Centered Planning
  • Other care requirements

Other Care Provider Requirements include:

  • Current Health Screen
  • TB Test
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Background Checks (criminal and abuse/neglect checks)
  • Continuing Education Credits