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What is Respite?

Respite Supports provide a short break from caregiving, to aid in rest and renewal for the family. Respite care creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves.

It is about giving you and your family time to recharge and reconnect while knowing that your loved one is safe, well cared for, and enjoying their time away too. Taking a break and experiencing life away from the family can be a great confidence booster for both your loved one and yourself. Your loved one may find that they really enjoy having their own life outside of the family and experience a greater sense of independence, increased self-esteem and self-respect.

Every parent or caregiver needs a break every now and then and that not something to feel guilty about. Sometimes we invest so much into caring for a loved one, that we forget to take care of ourselves and may find that we are left searching for extra energy.

“During difficult weeks, I have peace of mind knowing that I have a respite break coming. Time to rest and recharge makes all the difference"

- Mother of a child with ASD

Their are different respite options available in Dufferin county. One option is to hire a private respite worker. Respite workers provide meaningful support to children, youth and adults. This support can happen in the community or in your home. Hiring a private worker is flexible and based on your families needs. The family can choose and hire the worker on their own, to ensure they are comfortable with the person providing care and the worker has the experience they are seeking.  Hiring a respite worker is a paid service, but their are many funding options available to support families.

Respite Services Dufferin is here to support families searching for a private respite provider, by connecting families with qualified respite workers. See our family or worker pages for more information.

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