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Respite helps families and individuals caring for a person with a developmental disability. Respite is temporary, short-term relief for caregiver(s). Substitute support can be arranged for a family member with a disability and is provided by workers selected by the caregivers.

Caregivers may choose to receive respite supports in their own homes or choose out of home respite in one of the two respite apartments maintained by Community Living Renfrew County South. For individuals requiring accessibility, the respite apartment in Arnprior is fully accessible and is equipped with the aids to make the individual’s stay a comfortable one.

Reasons for respite support are never questioned – a family crisis, a vacation, a need to care for another family member, or just time alone. Respite may be as brief as a few hours or may extend to a week and is determined by the caregiver.

What do you need to know about the Respite Apartment?

  • The apartment in Arnprior is wheelchair accessible and outfitted with appropriate equipment (lifts, grab bars, roll-in shower, etc.) for the physically disabled
  • There is a two-bedroom apartment in Renfrew
  • The apartments are non-smoking
  • Bookings are taken on a first-come basis, with priority given to emergency needs
  • You are responsible to see there is sufficient food and money for the activities of your family member and his/her relief worker
  • You or your respite worker are responsible for washing linens and general clean-up at the end of your stay. Failure to do so will result in a $25 fee to cover the cost of cleaning
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the family/caregiver
  • Arrangements for key pick-up and drop-off will be made at the time of booking

Availability of resources may affect access to respite support.

Contact either the Renfrew or Arnprior office for further information and to book your respite time. (613)432-6763 or (613)623-4955.

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