Offering time off to caregivers to support wellbeing
Respite can give primary caregivers a temporary break from the routine of providing care to a family member with a developmental disability. It is also an opportunity for an individual to experience other options of community living. These services can be provided in different ways. Some people opt for “in-home” respite, where a worker comes to their house to provide care while the primary caregiver takes a break. Another option is to attend a camp, after-school or weekend program for some short respite away from home. Some agencies also offer “overnight” respite if primary caregivers need to be away for a short period of time. If you are eligible for DSO, you can contact Respite Services, and they can help you find appropriate and local options. Respite programs are accessed on a fee-for-service basis – you can use your own money or Passport funding to pay for these supports.
You can find information on different respite programs available near you by visiting www.respiteservices.com or find a respite worker using their website’s “CHAP Worker Bank.”