Family Support is a broad based category that serves children and adults, ages 3 and up, who have intellectual/development disabilities and autism. The goal of family support is to keep families together, until the individual with a disability chooses to live independently. Family support is designed to improve the quality of supports to families, while minimizing the need and cost of out of home placements. This program also allows families to participate in recreational and social activities, and most importantly to make a positive difference in the life of the person with a disability. The services available through family support are as follows:
Easter Seals Southern Georgia cannot pay for any services covered by Medicaid, Medicare or Private Insurance.
Respite is time limited, temporary relief provided to the primary caregiver of individuals with a disability. Respite allows families, who may otherwise be home bound, the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved break. This service is designed to relieve families/caregivers of the physical or emotional stress associated with caring for an individual with disabilities. Respite may be provided in or out of the home, and may include the care of other young children. Families may select their own respite provider from relatives, neighbors, friends, etc.. However the person must reside outside of the caregivers home. The respite provider selected by the family must undergo a criminal background check and be CPR certified. Once an individual has completed this process, Easter Seals may pay them to provide respite. Easter Seals will pay a respite provider $7.25 per hour or $45.00 per day (consisting of seven or more consecutive hours).