Respite Family Supports for the Developmentally Disabled

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  • Expert Commentary

The respite and family supports program is for clients of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) who are living at home with their families, in order to help with in-home care or give primary caregivers a break from caregiving.

Family Support Services include individual or family education and training, support groups, or supports that allow the family to participate in community activities. Respite services provide short-term care for the family member with a disability, allowing parents and other caregivers to handle personal matters or otherwise get a break.

Updated January 2017

β€œIn conclusion, short breaks appear to have the potential to positively impact on not only the well-being of carers, but also the children receiving short breaks and their families as a whole. However, short breaks are not a panacea and policymakers should be cautious of placing undue emphasis on the provision of short breaks in the absence of other forms of support for disabled children and their families. In many cases, short breaks are simply allowing carers to engage in the basics required for human functioning such as sleep and social contact.”

Robertson, J., Hatton, C., Wells, E., Collins, M., Langer, S., Welch, V. and Emerson, E. (2011), The Impacts of short break provision on families with a disabled child: an international literature review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 19: 337–371.