Examples of On-Line Respite and Provider Registries
National Resources (US and Canada)
National, Multi-State or Canadian Registries
ARCH National Respite Locator Service (NRLS): Developed in 1992, the respite locator has 4000 entries of respite programs and providers serving family caregivers of individuals with any disability or chronic condition, or of any age. www.respitelocator.org
The Respite Registry and referral service based in Nova Scotia, Canada, are resource tools that both families and respite care providers can use to assist them in making their own respite arrangements. This self-directed service model allows families and respite workers to find out as much as they can about each other before scheduling an interview and meeting face to face. The Central Region Respite Society coordinates the Respite Registry and provides registered families and screened workers with the necessary information for them to decide if they wish to contact a worker or family directly. http://centralreferral.nsnet.org/
Rewarding Work Resources: The Rewarding Work Website and related recruitment campaign has been cited as a "Promising Practice" by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Rewarding Work Resources, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, developed the Rewarding Work website which gives older people and individuals with disabilities the choice of hiring staff directly and allows them control of the process of hiring personal assistants and respite providers. The site also provides private agencies a resource to assist in recruitment of direct support professionals and other staff. http://www.rewardingwork.org/
The National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services has a list of state-by-state directories to find direct care workers on its page Find a Worker http://www.dswresourcecenter.org/tiki-index.php?page=Find a Worker.
Care.com is a proprietary platform online that helps families find everything from pet sitters to personal care assistants. The Site is a communications platform for enabling the connection between individuals seeking home or care services ("Care Seekers") and/or individuals or companies providing home or care services ("Care Providers"). Care.com does not take part in the interaction between Care Seekers and Care Providers except to collect payments on the behalf of Care Seekers and Care Providers for venue services through the Site. All providers are fully vetted with background checks including verification of name, social security number, and a search of state and local criminal records including sex offender registries. All premium members can request background checks (free) right from the caregiver profile. http://www.care.com/