Respite – What is it?

Respite simply gives the parent/guardian a chance to have time to accomplish things that would ordinarily be much more difficult to do while caring for someone with a disability. Respite can be used to have a date night or to care for other children. Respite can also be used as a fun opportunity to take the individual out to have fun in the community, such as seeing a movie or going bowling.

Respite services are flexible, annual hours that allow families to have an opportunity to accomplish things that can be difficult while caring for an individual with a disability. Many families use respite hours in order to go to the store, or for the individual to have a chance to do something fun in the community. Respite hours cannot be used as “childcare” during work hours.

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