What Are Respite Services?

Everyone needs a break from time to time


Caring for a loved one with a disability can be hard work. Harbor Regional Center can assist with this through Respite Services. 

Respite is a tool that allows parents:

  • Temporary relief from care giving
  • Time for self-care
  • Time for errands and appointments
  • Time to take care of other family needs

Parents of children with developmental disabilities are expected to provide the same level of care for them as they would for a child without disabilities. However, when a child has special needs parents often face challenges beyond those they might encounter with a typical child. In order to provide caregivers with the occasional relief they need to keep the child in the family home, regional centers may provide respite care when medical, physical, or behavioral needs cannot be met by other family members or a regular babysitter.

Respite care is sometimes provided by a trusted individual who is selected by the parents, but who has also met specific criteria. 

Sometimes care is provided through professional respite agencies. These agencies are staffed by nurses and others with medical training, as well as workers with special training that equips them to care  for children or adults with challenging behaviors.

Your need for respite services may be determined on your Individual Person-Centered Plan by you and your planning team.

For more information about respite services please speak with your Service Coordinator. 

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