Frequently asked Questions

Below are answers to a few of the questions that you may have. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to call us and we’ll be happy to talk with you. 905-885-6671

What does “Special Needs” mean?

The child with special needs has a handicapping condition of developmental or physical nature, also behavioural if the child and family are receiving other related services. The adult with special needs is one who has a developmental handicap.

What does “Family Respite” mean?

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. These visits could be in-home support, out of home support, community support, one-to-one support or summer support. The respite provider will be completely screened. This process will help ensure a rewarding and successful visit for both families.

Who is eligible for Family Respite?

Any family who has a family member with special needs and resides in Northumberland County.

How do I become a Family Respite Provider?

The respite provider or family decides to make a commitment to extend themselves to include another person. Contact NFRS to start the process. Providers will be interviewed, screened and carefully matched taking into consideration the clients needs, abilities and interests.
Agency staff are available to providers to guidance, emergencies and assistance prior to, during and after visits with the person they are matched with.

Do respite providers get paid?

An honorarium is provided to cover expenses during respite care visits.

What are the responsibilities of the Respite Provider?

The respite providers will provide total care during the relief visit with proper attention given to medical conditions, medications, and special dietary requirements.
Naturally the family will include the person in their activities and routines as well as providing emotional support during the visit. Should a visiting person have a routine or program that is carried out in his/her home, the host family would continue these in their home.

What is respiteservices.com

respiteservices.com is a database for families to access respite care. The website facilitates creative respite options that meet individual’s needs. It facilitates the connection of people with disabilities and C.H.A.P. workers through a family registry and worker database.