Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Respite Services


Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of caregiving, which helps reduce overall family stress. This often enables families to better meet the needs of their loved one with a developmental disability. Respite can be provided in the home or out of the home, during the day, evenings or overnight.

Respite is an “indirect” service that provides relief to individuals who are responsible for the primary care and support of an individual with a developmental disability. When a family member, Family Care provider or live-in/house-parent staff person has to deal with such things as illness, emergency, and caregiver or staff vacation, respite services can ensure that their loved one’s needs are met.  For more information on Respite Services, please contact  Eligilibity Coordinator of the Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) representing the county in which the individual/family lives.