Respite care is a specialized service designed to provide scheduled relief for parents/guardians of:
- a child or children (birth to 18 years) with a physical and /or developmental disability, who meet(s) the established guidelines of the regions’ Respite Network. ABL will determine eligibility of those applying for this service. Eligible families must complete an application. Based on the application, families will receive respite dollars to hire workers. Families can then choose to purchase services through ABL or hire their own respite worker(s).
- an adult (18 year or over) with a developmental disability who requires specialized care as per agency program criteria.
Respite Care services provide:
- Continuous supervision and care that ensures both the personal safety of the care recipient and the performance of daily living activities normally provided by the parents/guardians.
- Emotional support based on the care recipient’s need to feel confident and secure with the Respite Care Workers.
- Open communication between the care recipient, the family and the Respite Care Worker.
- An opportunity to develop further independence and to socialize with non-family members.
- Prevention of caregiver burnout and potential institutionalization of the care recipient.
- Highly trained and screened respite care workers.
- Employees of the respite care program work closely with other service providers to ensure that a comprehensive service is delivered to those who require it.
Respite care is offered both in and out-of-home. In-home respite care is scheduled at the request of the caregiver for flexible lengths of time (hours, days, weeks). Sibling care may be available for a minimal fee. Out-of-home respite care accommodations are available in the community on a bus route close to shopping etc. There is a nominal per diem rate for this service.
The Respite care Program is funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Community Youth Services.