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Respite Caregiver Support

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Caring for a person with a disability can be stressful, especially if the caregiver never has a break from those responsibilities. Respite services give those caregivers a helping hand by providing trained staff to step in for a brief period. 

Respite services can be scheduled as needed or you can take advantage of one our planned respite opportunities.

Quick Facts About Respite

Respite House: The Respite House has moved from its old location on Broadway to 4420 Woodstock Drive. The house is stocked with a variety of recreational supplies such as books, games, toys, craft materials, and videos. Staff is certified in CPR, first aid, and dispensing medication.

After-school program: embArc on Adventures is a new after-school program at the Respite House. The hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and transportation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. embArc on Adventures  is open to any student with disabilities who is enrolled in school and has Medicaid waiver funding. The program features homework assistance, cooking classes, volunteering opportunities, crafts, games, and life skills training. Snacks also will be offered. The students also will have the opportunity to learn about Milo, our pet tortoise at the Respite House. They will learn fun facts and help take care of Milo as part of their life skills training.

Special Activity Nights: Planned activities will include craft nights, movie nights, and community outings.

Parents Night Out: On Friday evenings, Respite House staff will care for your loved one from 6 to 10 p.m. and give you a movie gift card and restaurant gift card to help you enjoy a relaxing evening. Space is limited to four indviduals per night, and each family is limited to six Parents Nights Out per year. Contact Ashley Gettys at 260.456.4534 ext. 279 or Katie Moreno at 456.4534 ext. 209 in advance for reservations.

Summer camps: Our respite program will feature five different week-long overnight camps at the Respite House this year. Activities and outings will include bowling, concerts, museums, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Science Central, volunteering, fairs, movies and more.

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Space is limited to six individuals for the women's, men's, children's and autism camps and three for the wheelchair camp. Contact Ashley Gettys at 260.456.4534 ext. 279 or Katie Moreno at 456.4534 ext. 209 in advance for reservations.

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Scheduling Respite Services

For one-on-one respite, we ask that you request services at least two weeks in advance so that we can arrange staffing. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance for important occasions. Reservations are filled on a first come first serve basis, except in the case of an emergency, based on space available. Please note that respite care is closed on all major holidays.

For our respite events, we recommend signing up in advance so that we can accommodate any specific needs. Please contact Ashley Gettys at agettys@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 279 to schedule respite services.

For additional information on respite services, please contact Aimee Green, our agency intake and transition specialist, at agreen@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

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