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Respite Providers


Huron Respite Network
Huron respiteservices.com site
Everybody Needs Respite
≈ Some Need Respite Care

"After I spend a day with the child in need and their parents come home from a day away, thanking me as if I just handed them a million dollars, you truly feel how very appreciated you are. Families are amazing to do what they do every day, and to be able to help and be part of that is something I will carry with me in all my future experiences."
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Respite Providers promote active living for children and adults with developmental disabilities including autism and/or physical disabilities as well as mental health disabilities in their own home or in the community, while providing relief for the primary caregiver. Respite Providers must be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed the Respite Provider Screening Process. Having a positive attitude towards people with developmental, physical or emotional challenges, providing respite offers new opportunities, special relationships and the satisfaction of making a difference.

Respite Providers registered with the Huron Respite Network are connected with families looking for support and relief; the person you will be supporting will be incorporated into your daily activities.

Respite Providers on the registry are not employees of the Huron Respite Network and are considered volunteers.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide safe, stimulating and recreational support both in the home and in the community;
  • Provide care and supervision according to the individuals needs;
  • Provide respite/support services as requested by the parent/guardian;
  • Network with community groups, facilitate inclusion and act as a positive role model;
  • Maintain communication with the Access Facilitator.


  • Ability and willingness to work with persons with disabilities;
  • Effective communication skills with both verbal and non-verbal populations;
  • Commitment to providing quality life experiences in home and in the community;
  • Experience providing care and support to persons with disabilities is an asset;
  • First Aid and CPR is an asset.

Types of Respite Care

  • Host Family - welcomes a person into their home for planned regular overnight respite.
  • In-Home Care Providers - provide respite in or out of home of the person requiring respite depending on the needs of the person.
  • Vacation Respite Home - is an apartment in Blyth, available for short term respite and periodic purposes. The home is a fully accessible main floor furnished one bedroom apartment. This space is available for providing respite as an alternative to your family home.


  • Variable hours (days, evenings, weekends, overnights, relief, summer)
  • Part-time (possibility of additional hours)

Respite Provider Application Process

  • Submit your resume and complete an application form
  • Interview (set up by the Respite Coordinator)
  • Provide three references
  • Consent to a Police Reference Check
  • Children's Aid Society Record Check
  • Attend a Huron Respite Network Orientation

New Respite Providers
If you are interested in becoming a Respite Worker, you may submit your application in one of two ways: online, or by fax or mail. Please use the menu on the left to access the application process.

OnLine Respite Provider Application Sample
When registering online, for security purposes you have 2 hours to complete your registration. After 2 hours your session will be timed out and you will have to start from the beginning! All of the required fields must be completed to create a new Respite Provider Application. Note: * indicates a required field. If you wish to view or print off the Online Respite Provider Application Sample to be sure you have all the information you need before starting your online registration, it may assist you.

Your Respite Provider Application and resume will be reviewed by the Respite Coordinator. Suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Previously Registered Respite Providers
If you have previously registered with the Huron Respite Network - respiteservices.com, and have received a username and password, please login to the web site in the top left corner of the screen to update or add to your registration information.

Note: For your own professional development there is an online respite worker training course available which is highly recommended.  The course is offered through SafeGuards Training at a cost of $25.00. Visit www.respitecourse.ca to learn more.

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