The RSCL Family Respite Program is intended to provide families and primary caregivers with time for rest and renewal, which can be especially important for those who care for a child or adult with a developmental disability. The Family Respite program works with the family or caregiver to select qualified, paid respite care providers who will spend a few hours or an over-night period with their child or adult with developmental disabilities.
For the family this means a little less stress in their lives; and the opportunity to do some of the things they would not otherwise get to. For the individual with developmental disabilities this means a chance to participate in social and recreational activities of his/her choice. The individual is able to build his/her own social network, developing skills and self-esteem while having fun. For the respite care provider this is an opportunity to build relationships with amazing kids/ teens and/or adults, and to make a positive difference in someone’s life.
The Family Respite Program is an important tool for strengthening families and building healthy and inclusive communities. All caregivers are certified in First Aid & CPR and undergo a thorough screening process including an interview, criminal record clearances, health checks, references and drivers abstracts. Caregivers that intend to provide respite in their own homes must also participate in a home study to ensure suitability and safety. RSCL recruits, screens and approves respite care providers to work as contractors. Families can choose their caregivers from this pool, or suggest a caregiver of their choice to be screened by the program. It is the family’s responsibility to train their caregivers regarding the specific needs of the individual supported. RSCL supports and monitors respite care providers to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all.
If you are interested in Overnight Respite, please fill out our online application form for Overnight Respite.
Respite services are funded by the Ministry of Children or Family Development or Community Living BC. Families seeking respite services must meet funding criteria and be referred by these ministries.