Respite services are provided to participants enrolled in the IR/RD, HASCII or Community Supports Waivers who are unable to care for themselves; furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care. Previously termed Respite Caregivers, Household Employees are considered employees of the person or family to whom respite services are provided. Household Employees are subject to withholding of taxes and will receive a W2 form for earnings in a calendar year. The Employer of Record is the participant, parent guardian or representative of the participant who has chosen a Respite Caregiver/Household Employee to provide respite care services.

Respite care may be provided in a variety of settings. The setting of the respite services is chosen by the recipient and his/her family.

The following people cannot be paid to provide respite services:

  • A primary caregiver
  • The spouse of the consumer
  • A parent, step-parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a minor consumer
  • A court-appointed guardian of an adult consumer
  • Parent or step-parent of an adult waiver recipient who resides in the same household as the consumer


**Effective 10/1/14, Charles Lea Center will act as the Household Employer Agent for the Employers of Record and prepare payroll, employment tax returns and process the withholding, deposit and payment of the associated employment taxes for the Employers of Record.  Respite Caregivers/Household Employees are not employees of Charles Lea Center nor Babcock Center.



Individuals wanting to become a new certified Respite Caregiver/Household Employee should contact the SC Respite Coalition Training Program.

SC Respite Coalition Training Program
PO Box 493
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 935-5027
Toll free: 1 (866) 345-6786
(803) 935-5229 (Fax)


Training videos for recertification can be viewed by clinking on the link below:



Families wishing to become a Household Employer should contact their Case Manager to begin the process.