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Frequently Asked Questions

What does “agape” mean?
Agape is one of several Greek words translated into English that means “love.” As Christians we understand this to be the kind of love that Jesus demonstrated for us. Agape love is unconditional and voluntary. It is not discriminating; has no preconditions and it is something that we decide to do. We love without expectation of something in return.

Where can I learn more about Respite Care?
We have created some videos that help give an overview of Respite Care as well as provide a firsthand testimonial from a couple who adopted four special needs children that we have cared for.
How does my family member enroll for services?
Respite Care provides care for children with developmental disabilities ages 6 weeks to 21-years-old.  Parents interested in enrolling their child at Respite Care should contact our office to set up an initial meeting and will be required to complete the necessary paperwork upon acceptance. 
What training do to Staff members have?    
  • Rights:   Respect & Dignity, Confidentiality, Abuse & Neglect  
  • Health & Safety:   CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions, Medication Administration, Emergency Management & Safety, Incident Reporting, Lifting/Transferring, Seizure Management & Reporting, Body Mechanics ( Positioning, Moving & Lifting) Dysphagia & GERD / Hydration & Constipation, Feeding Techniques, Diet & Nutrition / Food Prep & Safety
  • Communication:   Verbal & Alternative Communication, Augmentative Devices, Understanding Behavior & Behavior Supports
  • Consumer Specific Training:   Care Plan / Individual Support Plan, Person Centered Planning                                 
What is the staff to guest ratio? 
Respite Care provides trained staff according to each individual’s plan of care. Some individuals may have 1 on 1 care. Maximum ratio is 1 to 3 except during overnight sleeping hours from 9:00 p.m. to 7 a.m. 
Who reviews and inspects the respite care program?
Agape Respite Care is a certified respite provider by Indiana Family Social Service Administration, under the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services regularly reviews individual files for Medicaid Waiver Consumers and periodically surveys the agencies policies and procedures. Consumers and families complete an annual survey of Agape’s services. An outside financial review is completed annually.
How much do your services cost?  
Respite Care is a sliding-fee scale program.  Hourly rates range from $1.50/hour to $12/hour and are based on annual income and the total number of in the household.  Rates will be determined upon acceptance to the program.  Families using the sliding fee scale are required to submit a copy of their income tax statements. Agape Respite Care does not turn families away in need of respite do to their financial situation. The staff will work with families to make a respite stay possible.


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