Caregivers who participate in the care of the person with developmental disabilities occasionally need a break. Respite services may include: providing non-medical health care, preparing or assisting in the preparation of meals and in eating, providing opportunities for community integration and involvement, providing opportunities for leisure, play, and other recreational activities, providing opportunities for the individual to make choices with regard to his/her daily activities.
Respite is available on an hourly or daily basis, depending on the family's needs and the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities’ authorization. There are several options regarding where respite may be provided including at the individual's home, at the respite care provider's home, or in a community setting of the family's choice. This decision is made in consultation with the family.
This service allows primary caregivers an opportunity to plan activities and, most importantly, helpt to keep families from becoming overwhelmed by their many ongoing responsibilities. Aviva offers a Day Respite program for children 6-17 years of age. Respite is offered on the weekend, after school, and during school breaks.