Respite Services

Respite care allows primary caregivers to take time away while the person they care for is looked after by someone else for a short period of time.

  • Respite can be provided in a person’s own home, family’s home or in the following settings under the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waiver:

    • Foster care (family foster care or community residential setting: see foster care settings section)
    • Person’s home or place of residence
    • Camp
    • Unlicensed setting when the person is 18 years old or older, if certain requirements are met
  • There are two types of respite:

    • In-home respite is respite that is provided in the person’s home or place of residence
    • Out-of-home respite is provided outside of the person’s home or place of residence
      • If the person is younger than 18, respite has to be provided by a related individual such as parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin etc.
  • PossAbilities is a 245D licensed provider.  We function as the employer for the worker you wish to hire by providing necessary training and payroll.


PossAbilities accepts the following funding sources:

PossAbilities does not provide support staff for Respite services.  Here are some tips for finding a support worker:

  • Find Someone you Know
    • Inform your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school teachers etc. that you are looking for support staff.
  • Find Someone on Social Media
    • Post on your Facebook page or Community Facebook page that you are looking for support staff.  Many communities also have job pages on Facebook you can list your job on.
  • Post Fliers
    • Create a “hiring flier” and hang it up at your local community center, school district, grocery store, gas station, restaurant or other facilities in town that are frequently trafficked.
  • Creating a job posting with PossAbilities
    • Fill out the Job Posting Agreement form provided by PossAbilities.  You can request the Job Posting Agreement Form from our Individualized Home Supports and Respite Manager.  By filling out this form with the required details, PossAbilities can help you look for support workers.

Tips for Recruiting a Support Worker:

  • Be specific about what you are looking for in a support worker including; schedule of hours needed, type of job tasks, age requirements, experience requirements and location of job. Will this be a permanent or a temporary job?  The more details you provide, the more likely you will find the right candidate to work with you.
  • Once you have a candidate(s), you will want to interview them to ensure they are the correct fit for your needs. You may also want to set a time to have them interact with the individual they will be working with.
  • PossAbilities is here to help coach and assist you through the process as needed.

PossAbilities is able to provide Respite programming anywhere in Minnesota.

Questions can be e-mailed to or call (507) 281-6116.

Additional information on Respite Services can be accessed on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.