Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to children or adults with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses, and to children at risk of abuse and neglect. Respite care can occur in out-of-home and in-home settings for any length of time, depending on the needs of the family and available resources.
Finding someone qualified to care for your loved one can be overwhelming. The care of a family member with multiple and severe physical disabilities is a 24-hour-a-day commitment. Most often respite care takes place in the families own home where professional care-givers provide an opportunity for parents to have some time to themselves to shop, to visit the dentist or doctor, or to spend time with other children or a spouse.
In addition to providing direct relief, respite has added benefits for families, including:
• Relaxation. Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and their energy;
• Enjoyment. Respite allows families to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities;
• Stability. Respite improves the family’s ability to cope with daily responsibilities and maintain stability during crisis;
• Preservation. Respite helps preserve the family unit and lessens the pressures that might lead to institutionalization, divorce, neglect, and child abuse;
• Involvement. Respite allows families to become involved in community activities and to feel less isolated;
• Time Off. Respite allows families to spend time together and alone; and
• Enrichment. Respite makes it possible for family members to establish individual identities and enrich their own growth and development.
Below is a list of local respite and sibling support programs:
Matthew’s Ministry by Church of the Resurrection. Free monthly respite in Leawood, KS. Siblings included. Registration required.
Parents’ Night Out by Legacy Christian Church. Free respite at their Overland Park, Olathe, and Lee’s Summit campuses for ages 3 years – adult on the first Saturday of the month. Registration required.
Family Night Out by Lakeland Community Church. Free monthly respite in Lee’s Summit, MO. Siblings included. Registration required.
Respite Care Ministry by Village Presbyterian Church. Regular in home visits to give care takers a 2-4 hour break. Submit request through website.
SOAR by Grace Community Church. Free bimonthly respite in south Overland Park, KS. Siblings included up to age 13 years old. See website to register.
Special Needs Program by Leawood Baptist Church. Free respite in Leawood, KS. Siblings included on the first Friday of the month October – May.
Through the Roof by Heartland Community Church. Free respite in Olathe, KS on the third Saturday of the month. Siblings included. Registration required.