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Community Living Muskoka, Community Living Parry Sound and Community Living North Bay are pleased to be hosting this dynamic respite network for children, youths and adults in the Muskoka, Parry Sound and Nipissing Districts. consists of agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


“ working together to facilitate respite options that empower individuals with differing abilities and their families to lead active and rewarding lives.”


“Creating Community Connections”
The guiding principles of are:

1. To develop a comprehensive respite system in Muskoka, Parry Sound and Nipissing Districts.
2. To coordinate information for families, caregivers and agency staff for easy access to respite options.
3. To facilitate respite for people that matches their identified needs.
4. To work closely with service providers to advocate for appropriate respite service.

Respite Care is a family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves.

Families are required to participate in an intake process with the appropriate agency prior to qualifying for service. Staff are available to provide support with planning for respite on behalf of families in the districts of Muskoka, Parry Sound and Nipissing. Coordination includes assisting families with the respite planning, funding, applications, contacting agencies, development of respite options and assisting to connect them with Respite Providers

CHAP Service:

The CHAP (Community Helpers for Active Participation) Program is an integral part of

CHAP recruits a large base of Respite Providers interested in supporting persons with developmental disabilities including autism and/or physical disabilities to provide meaningful activities through community based options. Families are able to connect with Respite Providers to fulfill their respite needs.

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