Relief for Care Givers

Respite care allows families or caregivers to take time away and still have support for the person they are caring for. This can range from short-term care (a couple of hours) to long-term care (several days).

There are two types of respite care.

  • In-home respite, which is respite care provided in the person’s home, and can include time spent in general community locations such as malls, parks, libraries, etc. while the person continues to stay in their home.
  • Out of home respite is respite that is provided for a person in a licensed setting or unlicensed setting that is not the person’s home. This includes time spent in general community locations while the person stays in a licensed or an unlicensed setting that is not home.
    • There are age requirements for different types of out of home respite settings.  Please click here for additional information.

PossAbilities is a 245D licensed provider. We function as the employer for the worker that is hired by providing the necessary training and payroll. PossAbilities can help provide interpretation for staffing needs and required trainings.


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

  • Find someone you know.
    • Inform your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school teachers, etc. that you are looking for someone to provide respite care.
  • Find someone on social media.
    • Post on your Facebook page or community Facebook page that you are looking for someone to provide respite care. Many communities also have job pages on Facebook where you can list your job.
  • Post Flyers
    • Create a “hiring flyer” 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 a respite care worker.

Tips for Recruiting a Respite Care Worker:

  • Be specific about what you are looking for in a respite care worker, including the schedule of hours needed, type of job tasks, age requirements, experience requirements, and location of the job. The more details you provide, the more likely it is that 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.