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Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need to keep their family member with a disability at home. The word "respite" means to take a break from the daily challenges of caring for a loved one of any age with special needs. It can be planned for a few hours or for as long as a weekend. Respite can take place in your home or temporarily in another setting, such as a day center or in the community. 

Respite can take place regularly or intermittently, as you need it; however, it does need to be planned in advance.

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Who can receive respite services?

Families of people who have documented developmental disabilities are eligible for respite services. Some Respite Programs serve limited age groups.

Is there a cost for respite?

Most respite programs are funded by the Medicaid Waiver and for people enrolled in the HCBS Waiver there is no charge.

What are the types of respite that People Inc. offers?

People Inc. offers in-home respite, agency-supported, self-directed and site-based respite services. Site-based respite services may be offered after school, on weekends, or on an as-needed basis at a People Inc. Free Standing Respite House.

What are the differences between the types of respite programs?

  • In-home respite: Provides a break from care in the family's own home. Hours are set up individually with the respite worker.
  • Site-based respite: Offered outside of the family's home.
  • Afternoon respite services: At a time when their peers may no longer need supervision after school, some children with intellectual/developmental disabilities still need supervision, support and/or structured activities. Afternoon respite offers fun activities provided by our trained staff (like cooking, games, or art projects), homework help, or the opportunity to hang out with new friends and take a break.
  • Recreational respite opportunities: This respite service offers people the chance to become more active and involved in the community. Staff members accompany them on recreational activities such the movies, bowling, restaurants, etc. This is a great time to meet new people and try new activities!
  • Respite Houses: These free standing respite sites are designed to offer a safe and supportive environment as needed to people and their families. Our well-trained and caring staff are on site whenever we have a guest. In addition to providing for a person's care needs, our staff offer fun and creative activities at the house and in the community, so families get a break and the guests who stay with us enjoy a mini-vacation as well. Families may choose to schedule hourly time or a number of days as best meets their needs.

Where are respite sites located?

People Inc. has respite sites located in Gates (Rochester) and across Western New York in Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Amherst, Buffalo, Lackawanna, Lockport, Orchard Park, Wheatfield, and Hamburg. Respite may also be provided in your own home.

What type of training do staff members receive?

People Inc. staff members are offered a variety of specialized training programs which are updated annually. Each staff member receives two weeks of full time training before they come to work at their site. Trainings are designed to prepare staff to support each person's needs. Additional training is provided on an ongoing basis throughout an employee's career at People Inc.

Is transportation to or from program included?

In general, families are responsible for transporting their family member to and from Respite. Some school districts will provide transportation to respite sites and then families pick them up to take them home.

How do I apply for respite services?

Speak with your care coordinator about the type of respite services that you are interested in so that they are able to help you complete the appropriate application forms. If you do not have a care  coordinator, the People Inc. Admissions Department can help.

How long is the wait for respite services?

Waitlists vary between respite sites, however, we do our very best to meet family needs.

Afternoon Hourly Respite

Erie, Niagara and Monroe

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After the Belle Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, playing in the gym or game room, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Buffalo
Age: 13-21
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:30-6:00 pm
9:30 am-6:00 pm during school breaks
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Dinner and snack are provided. During school breaks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack are provided
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

After Work Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Depew
Age: 18 and up
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Buffalo Afternoon Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, playing in the gym or game room, and assistance with homework.

Location: Buffalo
Age: 5-12
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:30-6:00 pm 
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Buffalo Road Respite

Location: Rochester
Age: 11-21
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Transportation: Transportation is available for students in the Gates Chili Central School District. All other transportation must be arranged and/or provided by the family.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Iris Afternoon Respite

Location: Hamburg
Age: 18+
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:15-6:30 p.m.
Fees: Waiver-based, private pay
Meals: Snack is provided
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Ken-Ton Afternoon Respite

Location: Tonawanda
Age: 10-21
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:30-6 pm
Fees: Waiver-based, private pay
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Late Afternoon Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Buffalo
Age: 18 and up
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Mount Hope Afternoon Respite

This afternoon program provides supervision for children and relief for their parents. Activities are available to kids in group and individual formats. Special events occur throughout the year. 

Location: Rochester
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Meals: A snack is provided upon arrival

Niagara Falls Afternoon Respite NEW

While at program students enjoy a fun and safe environment where they have the opportunity to enjoy variety of activities with staff and peers, including board game tournaments, cooking classes, arts and crafts, and more. We also have regular access to a gymnasium for physical activities and a low-stimulus quiet area which can be utilized for watching movies, playing the games, or reading.

Location: Niagara Falls
Age: Students 13-21
Fees: HCBS Medicaid Waiver and private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:00-6:00 pm.
Transportation: For students of the Niagara Falls School district transportation to and from program is provided.
Meals: A snack is provided upon arrival.
Medications: Site is not able to administer medications.

Northtown Afternoon Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Lockport
Age: 10-21
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:00-6:30 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

OMG Respite

An after-school program provides supervision for children and teens as well as relief for their parents/caregivers. Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, and assistance with homework.

Location: East Aurora
Age: 10-21
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2-6 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Southtowns Afternoon Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities and assistance with homework.

Location: Hamburg
Age: 10-21
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

TLC

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings. Full days are offered during school breaks.

Location: Amherst
Age: 10-21
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided by the family.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

TLC K-5

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities and assistance with homework. Full days are offered during school breaks.

Location: Amherst
Age: 5-10
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Monday-Friday, 1:30-6:00 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided by the family.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Agency-Supported In-Home Respite

Buffalo and Rochester

A service which provides relief to families/caregivers who are responsible for the primary care and support of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability. Families/caregivers hire and manage their own staff while the agency handles training and payroll. Staff can be a family friend or a family member.

Extended Family Respite Reimbursement

Allows families to have their friends, relatives and neighbors provide respite services and receive a subsidy for their care by People Inc.

Location: In caregiver's home
Age: Any age accepted
Fees: FSS funded - People Inc. provides a subsidy for the cost of the care.

 

In-Home Respite

Buffalo and Rochester

Provides relief to families/caregivers who are responsible for the primary care and support of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability. When a family member/caregiver needs a break, respite services can ensure that their loved one's needs are met. In-home respite can be provided during the day, evenings or overnight.

Payne Respite Bed

Respite house for children with developmental disabilities who are medically frail.

Location: North Tonawanda
Age: 10 to 21 and medically frail
Fees: Waiver-based and private pay.
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Provided as needed by the program. Medical nutrients are provided by the family.
Medication: Site is able to pass medications.

 

 

Recreational Respite

Erie and Niagara

A fun and interactive program, affords adults the opportunity to socialize with peers, learn new skills through cooking classes and have enjoyable experiences with unique community activities (i.e. Shea’s Theatre, bowling, sporting events and dinner). We offer several different outings each week and participants can sign up for any or all of them that fit their schedules, budgets and interests. Attendees also enjoy learning about etiquette and supporting one-another in their own community activities (i.e. attending plays or musicals) as well as promoting friendships.

Locations: Depew and Lockport
Age: 18 +
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:30-6:00 pm 
Fees: Waiver based, and private pay
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snack is provided
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Respite Houses

Erie & Niagara: Site-based, freestanding respite

Downing Respite House: Bowmansville (Lancaster)
Northtown Respite House: Wheatfield

Age: 10 and Up
Fees: Waiver-based and private pay.
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Medications: Staff is certified to pass medications and is supervised by an RN.
Program: This program offers planned and emergency on-site care, by the hour or overnight, for people with developmental disabilities. The site is wheelchair accessible. Staff at the site are g-tube, medication, first-aid and SCIP-R certified.
Recreation: Recreational activities include, but are not limited to, outings to the mall, Lasertron and movies. Arts and crafts, sports activities and help with homework are also available.

Rochester Afternoon Hourly Respite

Monroe

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An afternoon program that provides supervision for children and young adults, while providing relief for their parents. Activities are available in group and individual formats and can include: games, sports, arts/crafts, recreation, homework help and socialization. Special events occur throughout the year.

Buffalo Road Respite

Age: 13-21
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Light snack is provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Mount Hope Afternoon Respite

Age: 5-16
Hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Fees: Waiver based, private pay.
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: A snack is provided upon arrival.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Weekend Opportunities

Erie

Site-based Respite

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Del-Ton Weekend Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Tonawanda
Age: 18 and up
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 5:30-10:30 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snacks are provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.

Orchard Park Weekend Respite

Program offers individual opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, sensory activities, assistance with homework and community outings.

Location: Orchard Park
Age: 18 and up
Fees: Waiver based, private pay
Hours: Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 5:30-10:30 pm
Transportation: Arranged and/or provided by the family.
Meals: Snacks are provided.
Medications: Site is not able to pass medications.