Respite

"Residential Services Eases Burden and Improves Quality of Life"

Most people use the word respite to describe a brief delay or break. However, for thousands of Western New York families who care for their adult children with developmental disabilities, respite is a vital service that dramatically impacts their lives. 

Respite is short-term care that helps a family take a break from the daily rigors and stresses associated with caring for a person with a developmental disability. It has proven to be an essential part of the overall support parents and family members need to keep their adult child at home. It can be difficult for some parents to entertain the idea of allowing their child to live in a group home. For most people, respite services are provided through the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver program. Created in 1981, the HCBS legislation recognizes that many individuals at risk of being placed in intermediate care facilities can be cared for in their homes and communities, preserving their independence and ties to family and friends.

Southeast Works provides respite services and currently has one bed to offer our families. Accommodations can be made in advance for as little as one day or for a few weeks.

For more info contact:

Wendy Harvey
wharvey@se-works.org
716-683-7100 Ext. 210

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