The Easterseals 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 Easterseals 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 four and older and adults.

Funding Accepted: Amerigroup, Iowa Total Care, Fee for Service/HIPP Medicaid Waiver, Private Pay

To Apply for Respite Services

Applications for 2023 are available as of November 1st. Applications that are completed prior to November 30th will be able to register for quarter 1. Applications submitted after November 30th will need to wait until quarter 2.

Respite Application 2023

We cannot accept partial or incomplete applications. If you are unsure if you are missing information, contact our Program and Support Specialist - 515-309-2375

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

2023 Respite Themes

2023 Respite Packing List

If you are a new client in Easterseals 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).

Emergency Respite

Emergency Respite is available on a case-by-case basis for families in crisis. Families inquiring about emergency respite should contact the camp office. Caregivers who may qualify for emergency respite include; illness (physical, mental, or emotional), needing hospitalization, needing to attend a funeral or wake, needing to reduce stress level, needing drug/alcohol counseling or support, having employment or work related issues, having a family emergency or need.

To Request Respite Sessions

Registration for weekend respite is done on a quarterly basis. All forms will be registered on a first-come-first-serve basis. The quarterly registration request forms will open on the first of each month, one month prior to the start of the new quarter. The registration request forms will close on the 15th of each month, one more prior to the start of the new quarter. Please note, this online form is a request only and NOT a confirmed registration. You will be contacted via mail/e-mail confirming the weekends you are registered for.

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.

1st Quarter 2023: January, February March
Open Date: December 1, 2022
Close Date: December 15, 2022
Online Request Form:

2nd Quarter 2023: April, May, June
Open Date: March 1, 2023
Close Date: March 15, 2023
Online Request Form:

3rd Quarter 2023: July, August September
Open Date: June 1, 2023
End Date: June 15, 2023
Online Request Form:

4th Quarter 2023: October, November, December
Open Date: September 1, 2023
Close Date: September 15, 2023
Online Request Form:

If you should have any questions, please contact our Program and Support Specialist at 515-309-2375 or

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