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
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 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
HOW DOES THE SSI DISABILITY PROGRAM WORK FOR A CHILD?
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).