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Job Title: Respite Worker

Job Summary: We are seeking a compassionate and reliable Respite Worker to provide temporary relief to primary caregivers of individuals with disabilities or special needs. The Respite Worker will be responsible for providing care and support to clients in their homes or in community settings, ensuring their safety and well-being while giving caregivers a much-needed break.


  • Provide one-on-one care and support to clients with disabilities or special needs, following individualized care plans and instructions from primary caregivers
  • Assist with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and feeding
  • Engage clients in meaningful activities and social interactions, promoting their physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being
  • Monitor clients for signs of distress or changes in condition, and report any concerns to primary caregivers or healthcare professionals
  • Administer medications and perform basic medical procedures as directed by primary caregivers or healthcare professionals
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of client care and progress, and communicate regularly with primary caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • Ensure a safe and clean environment for clients, including proper use and maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Provide transportation and accompany clients to appointments, activities, and outings as needed


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities or special needs preferred
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screening
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and transfer clients up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend for extended periods of time
  • Ability to perform basic first aid and CPR

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Respite Worker

What is the best way to find and hire a Respite Worker near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Respite Worker applicants. Employers posting their Respite Worker job on Indeed get about 15 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Respite Worker applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Respite Worker are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 11 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 9 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Respite Worker positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Respite Worker role?
SMS has 99% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Respite Worker job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Respite Workers are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 159% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Respite Worker applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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