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Caregiving Resources

Below is a list of services and agencies that have been created for additional care, such as babysitting, nannies, respite, and in-home care. In addition, SSI is another resource offered to those who are eligible for financial assistance. While S.O.M. Inc does not endorse any particular agency, we have compiled a list for your convenience of agencies that can be found on the web. We encourage you to review each listing/agency thoroughly for safety and public reviews.

Special Needs Babysitters & Nannies

Adventure Nannies


BrightStar Care


Sitter City


Westside Nannies


Respite Care

In-Home Respite

This service can be intermittent or regularly scheduled for temporary supervision that is provided in the home. In-home respite workers that are trained by a licensed health care professional may provide incidental medical services that are restricted to gastrostomy, colostomy/ileostomy, and urinary catheter care. More information can be found on our DDS website.

Crisis Respite (out-of-home respite in an acute care facility)

Crisis respite provides services out-of-home. It includes 24-hr observation and temporary care by crisis workers in a licensed residential facility to relieve families of caring for their loved one with I/DD. Services and supports are available to families for planned or emergency needs.

Behavioral Respite

Behavioral respite is intermittent or regularly scheduled non-medical care and/or supervision that is provided in-home for individuals with I/DD and behavioral needs. Staff teaches the individual self-help and daily living skills, implements a pre-existing behavior plan to support behavioral needs.

ARCH National Respite Network Resource Center

IHSS  (In-Home Supportive Services)

When May Children Receive IHSS?

  • When disabled and low-income (receipt of SSI means automatic eligibility)

  • If income too high for SSI, may qualify with share of cost.

  • If parents are out of the house working, school, training.

  • If parents are unable to provide care due to disability or illness.

  • If parents are sleeping or caring for other family members.

Supplemental Security Income



To be eligible for SSI benefits, a child must be either blind or disabled:


- A child may be eligible for SSI disability benefits beginning as early as the date of birth; there is no minimum age requirement.

- A child may be eligible for SSI disability benefits until attainment of age 18 (see definition of disability for children).

- When the child attains age 18, we evaluate impairments based on the definition of disability for adults (see definition of disability for adults).

- A child with a visual impairment may be eligible for SSI benefits based on blindness if the impairment meets the definition of blindness (see blindness requirements).

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