Respite, by definition, means “time away from care.”
Traditional respite is short-term care provided in the home of well-trained, dependable respite providers.
Highlights of this service include:
- A “scheduled” break for caregivers from the demands of raising a special needs child.
- Assistance in areas of personal care.
- An intensive intake packet, completed by the family, offers the respite provider information pertaining to typical activities of daily living, favorite foods, sleep habits, behavior concerns, favorite activities, levels of supervision, medication information, and much more. This leads to a much more fulfilling experience for the individual receiving the services.
- An introductory meeting with the provider prior to receiving services
- A trial service of 4 to 6 hours, prior to any other services.
- Services to individuals of any age.
- Services provided in a values-based atmosphere.
Autism respite provides similar services to children ages three through 16 who are enrolled in waiver services with a documented disability of autism or any diagnosis along the autism spectrum, such as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Children must live at home with their parents/guardians to qualify. The program offers one-on-one supervision to children who require intensive care and cannot be served in a group respite setting.
Afternoon G.A.P. is a respite program that bridges the gap between the time the people we serve finish their school or work days and the time their caregivers arrive home from work. The program provides a supervised and safe environment where participants are able to develop friendships with their peers, participate in fun activities, and develop their own senses of identity and belonging.