What is Respite?
Respite literally means a period
of rest or relief. Respite care provides a caregiver temporary relief from the
responsibilities of caring for individuals with complex care needs, and at A
Circle of Support, we are pleased to be able to provide respite care as one of
our services to the community.
While many of the individuals who
are in our care reside permanently in our group homes, we often have one or two
beds available in each of the homes that can be made available for respite
care, with a nominal fee for service.
The focus of our respite care
program is primary care and leisure. Our staff have the skills to work
effectively with individuals on the autism spectrum, and to that end, can
manage challenging needs and behavior within a ratio of one staff for every
three participants. If a child is referred for respite and requires a higher
level of support to manage disruptive behavior, we would likely suggest other
community respite options to the family.
We receive calls and inquiries
from many different sources, i.e. parent(s), family doctors, extended family,
schools and social services agencies. At the point of initial application, we
would generally seek to collect information regarding the child and important
things to know about them since they are spending time outside of the family
home. Thereafter, we make arrangements to visit the child for a brief intake
assessment to assign levels of support required.
Sometimes, the family may wish to
visit one of the group homes to determine the match for their child, at the
same time that A Circle of Support will assess our ability to offer respite to
the child. We would not seek to bring the child into one of our homes for any
part of this assessment as it can cause added and unnecessary stress and
anxiety. We will make arrangements to visit the child and family where it makes
the very best sense: most likely in their own home!
For further information and application for respite supports click here.
REMINDER: A Circle of Support is a fragrance-free
workplace. Thank you for not wearing any of the following during your
visit: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion,
fragranced hair products, and/or similar products. Our
chemically-sensitive co-workers and clients thank you.