- To take a break. Everyone needs some time for themselves to participate in activities outside of the home or to just relax at home
- So your respite dollars last you through the year (which begins April 1st and ends March 31st of the following year)
- To be prepared for your every-day needs.
Tips to be prepared in the case of an unusual situation or emergency
- It is suggested that you have the names of at least two other Respite contractors that may be called upon to provide respite care
- Either in their home or another location (other than your home).
Why have back up workers and a back up location?
- There may be times when your home may not be available
- There may be situations, such as a family funeral, where many family members need to attend
- If you rely solely on family members to provide respite care, there may not be anyone available when you need to be away.
Emergency Respite Funding
- This is a fund provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
- so you can have respite support in the time of an emergency or family crisis
- To find out if you are eligible and can use this funding, call your Respite Network Agency
Helpful tips to consider when developing your respite plan
- Remember everyone who can spend time with your child both paid and unpaid.
- Respite contractor fees can be negotiated.
- For example: Consider a flat rate for overnight or weekend
- When negotiating a fee with the Respite contractor, consider what other people pay for respite care in similar situations.
- Review your plan regularly.
- If your family experiences a crisis situation, you should call your local service agency to determine if additional support is available.