Getting a Break

Caring for others, while rewarding, can also be exhausting. Family members who care for a loved one with a developmental disability can sometimes need a break. Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of care giving, which can help reduce overall family stress. This 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 people who are responsible for the primary care and support of a person with a developmental disability. When a family member, Family Care provider or live-in/house-parent staff person has to deal with family illness, emergency, or caregiver or staff vacation, respite services can ensure that their loved one’s needs are met.  

Talk to your care manager to learn more about respite services.