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The Easter Seals Iowa Respite program provides temporary care for children and adults with disabilities, allowing parents/caregivers a break while providing the clients with a safe and supported social environment. Regularly scheduled respite weekends are held at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside twice monthly. Emergency care is also available. Respite services provide all the amenities at Camp Sunnyside including boating, swimming, horseback riding and much more.

Respite serves children age five and older and adults.

Funding Accepted: Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare, Fee for Service/HIPP Medicaid Waiver, Private Pay

To Apply for Respite Services

Please fill out the following:
You can now apply online! Fill out the online Respite Application. 
A printable Respite Application is also available if needed.
Check out our 2018 Respite Weekend themes.
Camp Sunnyside Handbook

Once you have completed the application and have all the required materials, please send them to Camp Sunnyside by one of the following methods:
Email: campandrespite@eastersealsia.org
Fax:   515-289-1281
Mail or Drop Off:  Easter Seals Iowa, Attn: Camp Program and Support Specialist, 401 NE 66th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

If you are a new client in Easter Seals Iowa Respite services, you will be contacted by our Intake Coordinator once the application and all other required materials have been received. After the intake process is complete, you will have the opportunity to register for Respite services (see below).

Counselor-in-Training: Age 13-17
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed for campers ages 15+ who can be supported in a 1:10 ratio. It has designated counselors and focuses on the traditional activities of camp with additional activities structured around becoming a good role model, leadership and communication skills. CIT’s will assist counselors in various camp activities, including arts and crafts, sports and games, meals, and evening programs. Limited CIT opportunities are available.  Complete the Counselor in Training Application.

Leader-in-Training: Age 12-15
The Respite Leader in Training (LIT) Program is designed for campers ages 12-15 who can be supported in a 1:8 ratio. It has designated counselors and focuses on the traditional activities of camp with additional activities structured around leadership – focusing on our 9 counselor qualities. LIT’s will attend a leadership academy where they will focus on a counselor quality each month. LIT’s will have a peer mentor they will work with as they learn leadership. At the completion of the LIT program and once age requirements are met, participants will be eligible to apply for our Counselor in Training program. Complete the Leader in Training Application.

To Request Respite Sessions

Registration for weekend respite is done on a quarterly basis. You will not be able to register for a quarter until 8:00 a.m. of the specified opening date. If you are using waiver funding, please talk to your case manager before submitting the online request form in order to make sure you have enough waiver units to cover all of the respite weekends requested. You will receive a letter confirming the weekends you are registered for.

4th Quarter 2018: October, November December
Open Date: September 4, 2018
Online Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HBN9V8 

1st Quarter 2019: January, February, March
Open Date: December 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Online Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TLXW2M3 

Please note, this online form is a request only and NOT a confirmed registration. You will be contacted via mail confirming the weekends you are registered for.
If you should have any questions, please contact our Program and Support Specialist at 515-309-2375 or campandrespite@eastersealsia.org.

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