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, Easterseals 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).
Easterseals Megan's House is a children's respite home with three locations in Albany, Valdosta and Waycross. Quality respite care services are available for children who have developmental disabilities, a diagnosis of autism or are medically fragile.