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(320 ILCS 10/2)
(from Ch. 23, par. 6202)
As used in this Act:
(1) "Respite care" means the provision of intermittent and temporary
substitute care or supervision of frail adults or adults with disabilities on behalf of and in the absence
of the primary care-giver, for the purpose of providing relief from the stress
or responsibilities concomitant with providing constant care, so as to enable
the care-giver to continue the provision of care in the home. Respite care
should be available to sustain the
care-giver throughout the period
of care-giving, which can vary from several months to a number of years.
Respite care can be provided in the home, in a day care
setting during the day, overnight,
in a substitute residential setting such as a long-term care facility
required to be licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act or the Assisted Living
and Shared Housing Act,
or for more extended periods of time on a
(1.5) "In-home respite care" means care provided by an
appropriately trained paid worker providing short-term intermittent care,
supervision, or companionship to the frail adult or adult with a disability in the home while relieving
the care-giver, by permitting a short-term break from the care-giver's
role. This support may contribute to the delay, reduction, and prevention of
institutionalization by enabling the care-giver to continue in his or her
care-giving role. In-home respite care should be flexible and available in a
manner that is responsive to the needs of the care-giver. This
may consist of evening respite care services that are available from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and weekend respite care
services from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Monday.
(2) "Care-giver" shall mean the family member or other natural person
who normally provides the daily care or supervision of a frail adult or an adult with a disability. Such care-giver may, but need not, reside in the
same household as the frail adult or adult with a disability.
(6) "Department" shall mean the Department on Aging.
(8) "Frail adult or adult with a disability" shall mean any person who is 60 years of age or older and who either (i) suffers from Alzheimer's disease
or a related disorder or (ii)
is unable to attend to his or her daily needs
without the assistance or regular supervision of a care-giver due to mental
or physical impairment and who is otherwise eligible for services on the
basis of his or her level of impairment.
(9) "Emergency respite care" means the immediate placement of a
trained, in-home respite care worker in the home during an emergency or
unplanned event, or during a temporary placement outside the home, to
substitute for the care-giver. Emergency respite
care may be provided on one or more occasions unless an
extension is deemed necessary by the case coordination unit or by another agency designated by the Department and area agencies on aging to conduct needs assessments for respite care services. When there
is an urgent need for emergency respite care, procedures to accommodate
this need must be determined. An emergency is:
(a) An unplanned event that results in the immediate
and unavoidable absence of the care-giver from the home in an excess of 4 hours at a time when no other qualified care-giver is available.
(b) An unplanned situation that prevents the
care-giver from providing the care required by a frail adult or an adult with a disability living at home.
(c) An unplanned event that threatens the health and
safety of the frail adult or adult with a disability.
(d) An unplanned event that threatens the health and
safety of the care-giver thereby placing the frail adult or adult with a disability in danger.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)