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

Download the fillable pdf form, save it to your computer and fill in the form, or fill out the Online Application.

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

2022 Respite Themes

2022 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. You will not be able to register for a quarter until 8:00 a.m. of the specified opening date. 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. You will receive a letter confirming the weekends you are registered for.

1st Quarter 2022: January, February March
Open Date: December 1, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Online Request Form: https://forms.office.com/r/fW7NCU3isD

2nd Quarter 2022: April, May, June
Open Date: March 1, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
Online Request Form: https://forms.office.com/r/5KtVm2q0zK

3rd Quarter 2022: July, August September
Open Date: June 3, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
Online Request Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g_nZJGAzzkGNxt7xNgStc3u_6T2V3tlNqetBaDHVNsRUNE5FQTFERTM5SjU1UjBERzRXUUpTS0pFOC4u

4th Quarter 2022: October, November, December
Open Date: September 1, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
Online Request Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g_nZJGAzzkGNxt7xNgStc3u_6T2V3tlNqetBaDHVNsRURjU2RURNWTJCRUg3VFVFQ0tBVzQ5UjI3Uy4u

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 should have any questions, please contact our Program and Support Specialist at 515-309-2375 or campandrespite@eastersealsia.org.

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