Caring for a dependent family member can be a rewarding, life-enriching experience. It can also at times, be tedious, exhausting, and stressful. One way caregivers, people with the every-day responsibility of caring for another dependent individual, can decrease the exhaustion and stress is to ensure periods of time away from their care-giving responsibilities.
Caregiver relief can mean many different things to different people. It can mean a couple of hours when a child is in school or when an aging parent is at a social club. It can mean 4 to 5 hours when a sitter is in the home or a weekend when the parents/guardians can go away together. It can mean a couple of weeks of relief enabling all other family members to go on vacation together.
Some families have a limited support network of friends, relatives, and neighbours. Some caregivers are hampered by limited financial resources. In some families, natural forms of relief such as grandparents baby-sitting can’t occur because a family member requires specialized and/or intensive care.
We offer a variety of respite programs for different groups. Respite means something different to every family. We pride ourselves on being flexible and will work with you to develop a respite schedule that suits your needs.
Our general admission policy is a child, youth, or adult who has a physical disability or complex medical need. Many of our clients have multiple disabilities requiring specialized care. The majority of our staff have a Development Service Worker diploma and although our registered nurses work directly with the complex medical needs program, they support the children and staff in all programs to ensure the highest quality of care is being delivered at all times.
We regret that due to the vulnerability of our non-mobile clients, we are not able to accept individuals with aggressive behaviours.