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Respite Care Referral Program

For more information, call: (410) 222-4464 extension 3045/3094 E-mail:
The Respite Care Referral Program (RCRP) maintains a registry of self-employed home care workers who can provide direct, hands-on personal care or companion care in order provide relief from the constant stress and responsibility of caring for a frail, disabled or elderly person at home. The program can also assist caregivers in maintaining their employment by providing home care workers that perform caregiving duties. The program provides companionship and support services to seniors and adults with disabilities. 

RCRP Brochure 
The Respite Care Referral Program:
  • Conduct a quick phone assessment of the client’s needs
  • Provide the client or the client’s caretaker with information on the Respite Care Referral Program and other departmental services
  • Provide names and phone numbers of available home care workers
  • Continues to provide support to the client and caregiver as long as necessary
The client or client’s caregiver will then:
  • Contact the referred respite workers to schedule interviews
  • Hire the worker directly
  • Agree on services needed and pay the fee directly to the self-employed worker
Services Provided by Home Care Workers:
  • Hands on personal care such as bathing, dressing and feeding
  • Assist with or supervise bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting and transferring
  • Meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping for the client
  • Transportation to medical appointments, errands, etc.
  • Companionship
Home Care Workers, Application Process:
  • Recruitment Brochure Icon: PDF
  • Application for Home Care Worker
  • Criminal background screening and employment references
  • Attendance at RCRP Information Session
  • Attendance at the Department of Aging and Disabilities 20 hour Companion Caregiver/Home Health Aide Training Class

Home Care Worker Information:

  • Home Care Workers are self-employed independent contractors (not employees of Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities)
  • Work part-time or full-time, providing day, evening, night and weekend hours of care
  • On average, charge $13-$17 per hour depending on tasks or services requested
Eligibility to become a Respite Care Referral Program worker: Anne Arundel County resident; valid Maryland Driver's License; have personal vehicle.



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