Services

What is Respite?

Respite is a flexible, periodic, short term break from care giving for the purpose of rest and renewal for the family.” (November 2, 2005)

Respite is not for the purposes of treatment.

Respite services are goal directed and not to be used as a substitute of another necessary service or support.

Respite is for the care giving family and not the child or youth.

   

Service Objectives

To provide professional, specialized supports and services for children and youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To support the development of an individual support plan based on the principles of person centred planning and choice and to provide services that are reflective of this plan.

To support community education or other approved activities.

  • Respite is not for the purposes of treatment.
  • Respite services are goal directed and not to be used as a substitute of another necessary service or support.
  • Respite is for the care-giving family and not the child or youth.
  • Respite is planned with the family and not provided on a crisis basis.  Urgent responses to the need for respite services may be available.
  • Coordination and Integration of the respite services and support system is essential.
  • All eligible consumers are to have easy, equitable, and timely access to respite services and supports.


Three Basic Types

There are three basic types of respite services and supports: the first type involves a support worker coming into the home of the child or youth; the remaining two types involve the child or youth being taken to a site other than his or her own home. The three basic types are:

1.  In-Home Respite Support Person
2.  Out-of-Home Family-based or Host Family Respite Care
3.  Centre-based Respite Care

   

Eligibility Criteria

Families and/or caregivers with children or youth aged 0- 17 who have a functional loss or impairment [social, emotional, behavioural, developmental, physical] that limits ability on a day-to-day basis.

Functional loss or impairment would be determined in a standardized manner throughout the region by one or more of the following:

  • a developmental disability as defined by legislation/policy
  • and/or BCFPI/CAFAS score
  • and/or Medical/clinical documentation
   

Local Respite Networks

To learn more about respite services in your area contact your Local Respite Network (LRN):

Chatham-Kent Local Respite Network

Elgin Local Respite Network

Grey Bruce Local Respite Network

Huron Local Respite Network

London/Middlesex Local Respite Network

Oxford Local Respite Network

Perth-Huron Local Respite Network

Sarnia-Lambton Local Respite Network

Windsor-Essex Local Respite Network

Regional Coordination