What is Respite?

Respite is a short-term, regular period to time set aside for parents to take a break from caregiving. Families can choose from a number of options, depending upon their circumstances and eligibility for supports.

  • Office-administered respite, where a respite agency hires staff and matches available staff to family needs;
  • Self-administered respite, where families receive funding (either through Children’s disability Services, Child and Family Services or Community Living disability Services) and hire their own respite staff;
  • Facility-based respite, where families can work with a service provider that has a designated apartment or room where the child or adult can stay with a respite worker while the family takes a break.
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