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: Wellpoint, Iowa Total Care, Molina, Fee for Service/HIPP Medicaid Waiver, Private Pay

To Apply for Respite Services

Applications for 2024 will be available as of November 15th, 2023. Applications that are completed prior to December 8th, 2023, will be able to register for the first quarter. Applications submitted after December 8th, 2023 will need to wait for second quarter registration. Click here to see a list of 2024 Respite Camp Dates and Themes!

2024 Respite Application 

Partial or incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you are unsure if there is missing information, please contact our Program and Support Specialist at (515) 309-2375.

Once you have completed the application, and have submitted all required materials, please send them to Camp Sunnyside using 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

Please send all medication changes, medical needs, and diagnosis updates to

If you are a new client joining our respite services, you will be contacted by our Intake Coordinator once the application packet and required materials have been received. After the intake process is completed, you will then be able to register for the weekend respite.

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 process 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. You will be contacted via mail/e-mail confirming the weekends you are registered.

If you are using waiver funding, please talk to your case manager before submitting the online request form. It is important to ensure there are enough units issued to cover all of the respite weekends requested.

Private Pay: $665 per weekend
Non-Children's Mental Health Waiver units: 184 units per weekend - T2036 $3.41/unit
Children's Mental Health Waiver units: 184 units per weekend - T2036 $3.61/unit

1st Quarter 2024: January, February March
Open Date: December 1, 2023
Close Date: December 15, 2023
Online Request Form:

2nd Quarter 2024: April, May, June
Open Date: March 1, 2024
Close Date: March 15, 2024
Online Request Form: 

3rd Quarter 2024: July, August September
Open Date: June 5, 2024
End Date: June 15, 2024
Online Request Form:

4th Quarter 2024: October, November, December
Open Date: September 1, 2024
Close Date: September 15, 2024
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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