The Respite Program is available to families of people with intellectual disabilities who require respite services. Respite means a short period of rest or relief for families who care for a child or adult who has a disability.
The Respite Program helps families access funding to hire a worker of their choice to care for their child/adult while they do other things. The family provides training and supervises the worker. Workers are expected to carry out the same routines followed by the family with their child/adult.
Families utilize Respite Services in many ways:
To spend some alone time with their other children,
To get out of the house to go for walk, to go for dinner or to a movie alone,
To leave town for a period of time or for medical reasons, all of this to help relive some of the stress of the daily care giving required for their child/adult
There is a limited amount of funding available to a family from year to year. Funding may vary depending on the number of families requesting Respite Services. Families manage their allocated amount as they see fit their needs.