At Home Program Respite Benefits
The At Home Program provides funding to purchase respite care for eligible children. Families may choose the type of respite services that best suit their needs, either in their home or at another location.
The program does not cover services that are:
- Provided by a parent of the child
- Required as a result of the parent’s paid or unpaid employment, training or education
- Provided by any other Ministry of Children and Family Development program
Benefits are typically $2,400 - $2,800 per year, depending on family income. In some cases, benefits may be enhanced to meet extraordinary need. Respite funding may not be available immediately. Families may be waitlisted for benefits.
Parents make a written agreement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to receive funding, and may choose to receive benefits through a direct monthly payment, or to be reimbursed for respite expenses.
Parents are responsible for arranging respite care, paying caregivers, managing their respite budget and providing a record of respite expenditures.
For families receiving direct monthly respite payments, the following resources may help in determining tax and employer obligations:
- Canada Revenue Agency (1 800 959-8281 Toll free)
- Tax credits and deductions for persons with disabilities
- Work Safe BC (registering for coverage)
- Employment Standards Branch
It is suggested that you contact a tax professional for information specific to your situation.