For children and youth, Respite Services provide a needed break for the family and the child to ease the stress at home and promote overall wellness for the child and his/her family. Respite Services' activities include providing supervision and recreational activities that match the child's developmental stage and/or community outings with child (e.g. school, appointment or a program). Respite care may be provided on a planned or emergency basis, day or night, in the child's home or in the community by trained respite workers with one child or a group of children.
For adults, Respite Services are temporary services (not beds) provided by trained staff in the consumer's place of residence or other temporary housing arrangement. It includes custodial care for a disabled person in order that primary care givers (family or legal guardian) may have relief from care responsibilities. The purpose of Respite Services is to provide relief to the primary care provider, allow situations to stabilize and prevent hospitalizations and/or longer term placements out of the home. Maximum Respite Care services per adult consumer per year are 14 days.