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Respite Options

Explore respite options available in your community.  For more information contact: 

If you reside in Barrie/Innisfil/Bradford/Angus and Area contact:
Carolyn Harris, Respite/CHAP Coordinator, Empower Simcoe at 705-726-9082 ext. 2259 or email

If you reside in Alliston, Collingwood, Midland or Orillia contact:
Angie Bridekirk, Adult Respite/CHAP Coordinator, Catulpa Community Support Services at 705-733-3227 ext. 2235 or email

Shannon Parton, Children's Respite Coordinator, Catulpa Community Support Services at 705-733-3227  ext. 2282 or email

Program Title : Springwater Respite Home
Program Time : Flexible with dates and times
Program Runs from : Flexible dates to accomodate both weekend and weekday requests
Program Length : Maximum usage per year
Program Cost : $90 per day
Admission Criteria : Adults (18yrs and over) diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability
Activities : Empower Simcoe responds to community needs through inclusive supports and services that enhance the quality of all lives. As an organization dedicated to service, we work mindfully to empower individual goals, while treating everyone with respect and dignity.
Our mission is to empower people to lead a full and inclusive life, by providing the highest quality of services. We are a welcoming organization that provides everyone with the opportunity to Be, Belong, and Thrive.


The Adult Respite Program is provided at 1665 Hwy 26, Minesing, just east of the city of Barrie. This program is designed to provide individuals and family members with respite for short periods of time. The program operates out of a fully accessible two bedroom house on a rural property. Trained staff are available 24 hours a day and meals are prepared on site. Activities offered are within the home or on the property. Transportation to community activities is not provided.

Determination of length of stay and dates available are to be determined directly with the program. Please note - all requests for visits must be made at least one month prior to the date desired.
Comments : In order to ensure fair access to the program, it is necessary to limit usage in the year. Approval is based on careful consideration of everyone’s needs and availability of placement dates.
Disability / Special Needs : Assistive Devices (wheelchair, etc.), Developmental Disability, Medication Administration, Personal Care (toileting), Physical (transfers & lifts)
Individual(s) Served : Male and Female
Type of Respite : Residential Respite (Overnight)
Age Category : 18-21 Young Adult, 22-30 Adult, 31-50 Adult and 50+ Seniors
Agency : Empower Simcoe
Agency Contact : Carolyn Harris
Phone : 705 726 9082 x.2259
Fax :
Email Address : charris@empowersimcoe.ca
Option offered at : 39 Fraser Crt, Barrie, ON L4N 5J5
Nearest Intersection :
Regions : Orillia and Area, Bradford and Area and Barrie and Area
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