Respite Services

Caring for others, while rewarding, can also be exhausting. Family members who care for a loved one with a developmental disability can sometimes need a break. Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of caregiving, which can help reduce overall family stress. This enables families to better meet the needs of their loved ones with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Respite is an “indirect” service that provides relief to people who are responsible for the primary care and support of a person with a developmental disability. When a family member, family care provider, or live-in/house-parent staff person must deal with a family illness, emergency, caregiver, or staff vacation, respite services can ensure that their loved one’s needs are met. 

Recreational  Respite

The Respite Program offers a wide range of social and recreational options to assist individuals with developmental disabilities in learning new skills while giving them opportunities to participate in community-based activities. Activities chosen are based on the interests of the individuals and allow the family/caregiver to take a short break from providing care for their loved one.

Site-Based Respite

Site-based respite refers to a type of respite care where individuals receive temporary care and support services in a designated location, such as a facility or a community center. The purpose of site-based respite is to provide caregivers with a break from their caregiving responsibilities while ensuring that the individuals they care for receive quality care and support in a safe and structured environment.

Site-based respite may offer a range of activities and services, depending on the needs and interests of the individual receiving services. For example, it may include social activities, exercise programs, cooking groups, and fun recreational activities.

Overall, site-based respite can be a valuable resource for caregivers who need a break from their caregiving responsibilities, while also ensuring that their loved ones receive meaningful activities and support.