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Without our respite providers we could not do what we do. We value our respite providers who go above and beyond to provide high quality care

Why Work for Iowa Family Services?


Flexible Hours

Our providers work with consumers and their families to set a schedule.


Great Pay

Individual respite is paid at $10.25/hour. Group Respite is paid $7.75/hour per individual.

Paid Training

Paid Training

All required training is paid annually, as needed.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Full time and part time (30 hours or more) employees are eligible when eligibility requirements have been met.



Full time and part time (30 hours or more) employees are eligible when eligibility requirements have been met.

Job Description & Qualifications

Job Title: Respite Provider

Purpose of Position: This position provides all the care required to a child (or children) with severe emotional or intellectual diagnosis. The purpose of respite care is to give the parent or primary caregiver a break from the daily responsibilities of caring for someone with a severe emotional or intellectual diagnosis.

Reports to: Service Supervisor

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high quality of supervision and a safe environment for consumer(s) during their daily activities.
  • Assist consumer(s) in completing daily tasks, as needed.
  • Communicate safety concerns and incidents to Service Supervisor, consumer's guardian(s), and others as needed.
  • Accurately document activities during respite shifts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Have a telephone, land or cell, with an answering machine or voicemail.
  • Must have the ability to complete all documentation of services to meet Medicaid and agency requirements.
  • Ability to meet all deadlines as required by this agency.
  • Must be able to track hours worked to not exceed approved amounts.
  • Must complete Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting training, as required by the Department of Human Services.
  • Must have a passion for providing excellent care to others.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and high level of professionalism.
  • Must be able to meet the physical and emotional demands of the consumer, which can include lifting, running, and de-escalating emotional situations. Such requirements are different for each consumer. Limits in this area will also limit the amount of work available.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year or greater experience with children with severe emotional disturbances.
  • Education beyond high school in a human service or education-related field.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Have access to a reliable vehicle.

Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to lift to support physical needs of the consumer.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Submit an Application

Want to be respite provider? Please complete the application below.

Online Application

You may also Download an application. Adobe Reader is required for the download version to fill out the forms and save.

Completed applications can be faxed or mailed to:

(515) 270-4939 fax

4401 Westown Parkway
Suite 250
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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