Respite Options and Recreation Resources
The following information has been compiled from various sources including parent recommendations. This list is not exhaustive and further research may be required to meet your individual needs.
Please be advised that the following options are not endorsed by respiteservices.com, Catulpa Community Support Services or Empower Simcoe. The user (parents/guardians and other supports) acknowledges that, while Catulpa Community Support Services & Empower Simcoe may have provided information with respect to services and supports available in the community, the final decisions with respect to the manner in which services and supports are to be provided as well as decisions to hire, contract with or engage any persons, agencies or companies or other entities to provide said services and supports have been made by the Service user (parents/guardians and other supports).
Simcoe County Parent Survey Feedback: June 2020
Empower Simcoe issued a survey to families living in Simcoe County to inquire about how families have been receiving respite and what activities they have been doing during the pandemic. Here are some of the responses:
How are parents getting respite?
Respite has been a challenge for parents/caregivers during this pandemic. With physical distancing, isolation for those immune compromised, respite providers, schools and businesses being closed, getting a break has been tough. The top 3 ways parents shared on how they are getting some respite were:
What has been your most positive experience regarding respite or recreation in the past few months? Here are some of the responses:
What has been your greatest challenge in the past few months? Here are some responses we received to this question.
In terms of respite and recreation, what information would you like more of? What can we research for you?
Click here to find water parks across Ontario
Click here to find out more information about COVID 19 safety measures when using a respite provider.
See information listed below for activities and ideas
See information listed below for activities and ideas
Respite can be provided by family or friends that you have included in your 10 person bubble. Some families have brought back their respite provider and made a contract/agreement to have them in their 10 person bubble. Having conversations around COVID 19 safety measures and following government guidelines can assist with receiving respite. Click here for more information. Some families and respite providers have made arrangements for virtual visits. This can include fun activities and social conversations that can occur between the respite provider and the person requiring support.
Some camps are re-opening. Please see this information provided below. 1:1 support will need to be provided by the family if required.
While 1:1 options are still limited, many funding streams have added temporary expenses that families may use their funding towards. These temporary expenses may allow families to purchase items that would assist a person with a physical disability to engage in recreational activities. For more information click the following funding links.
Some families have chosen to use respite providers and created contracts/agreements to include them in their 10 person bubble. Having conversations around COVID 19 safety measures and following government guidelines can assist with receiving respite. Click here for more information.
There are some great ideas here for staying entertained and active, learning something new, and accessing supports if you need them. If you are looking for additional information to support your child or youth, please reach out to us. We can work on solutions together.
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Finding a respite/direct support worker:
Supportyourway.ca is a provincially driven program that provides a free service to families who have a family member with an intellectual and/or physical disability who are looking to connect with a respite/direct support provider. CHAP assist children and adults to be more independent, access their community and provide more opportunities to reach their potential. www.supportyourway.ca/simcoe is the website you would need to go to and apply as a family. There is an online application under the “family registration” tab. The Coordinator of this program will be able to provide profiles (similar to a resume) of CHAP who are advertising their services. The service to connect families is free of charge and there are a variety of skilled CHAP to choose from. Generally CHAP set their fees between $15 - $25/hr. depending on the person’s support needs, the duties required and the CHAP’s skills and experience. You do not need to be receiving a specific funding to use the service. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to interview, select, negotiate wage, hours and support details with the CHAP. The parent/guardian is also responsible to oversee that the service provided meets their expectations. CHAP are not employees of supportyourway.ca/respiteservices.com or Empower Simcoe. Payments for services of the CHAP are paid directly by the family who selected the CHAP. It is the responsibility of the family and the CHAP to determine if they are entering an employer/employee relationship or a contracted service arrangement.
Information about CHAP:
CHAP Registration Process:
To be eligible to advertise within this program, registrants are required to provide (2) professional CHAP references (on the forms provided) – (one must be a current or most recent employer), a current resume and a current Criminal Police Records Check & Vulnerable Persons Check (no older than six months). All registrants are also required to attend a CHAP program introduction session.
Once the registration process is complete:
The CHAP registrant’s profile is then made active on the website database allowing them to advertise through a profile and classified ad they may post. Families choose who they would like to contact for an interview. CHAP negotiate their days, hours of availability and fees with the family at the interview. Should a family wish to purchase service from a CHAP after the interview, we recommend that both agree to a “training/probation period” – one or two hours for a day or two to be sure of a good match. It is also recommended to complete a written contract/agreement that would state the negotiated start date, rate of pay, and duties etc. CHAP are not employees of the supportyourway.ca CHAP program or of Empower Simcoe. It is the responsibility of the family and the CHAP to determine if they are entering an employer/employee relationship or a contracted service arrangement.
Supportyourway.ca will provide CHAP profiles to your supportyourway.ca family account. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we advise you to use extreme caution if you choose to bring someone new into your household or in contact with your family. While information about COVID-19 is changing every day we are acting with an abundance of caution to keep everyone safe. We urge you to follow the advice of the Province’s Chief Medical Officer found on this link www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus to keep your family members and the CHAP registered with this program, healthy and safe. The Simcoe County supportyourway.ca site has created a page with useful links to COVID-19 information, recommendations and resources. Click here for further information.
Private Respite Options
Please note: supportyourway.ca/respiteservices.com, Catulpa Community Support Services and Empower Simcoe does not recommend or endorse any private/fee for service businesses. Families must investigate the company and the service they offer and select who they feel are a good fit for their family member.
Camphill Communities Ontario – https://camphill.on.ca/day-programs.php
Community Living South Simcoe – Fee for service 1:1 support Phone: (705) 435-4792 Ext. 229
Dorvict Home & Health Care Services – 705-727-0287 for more information.
Bartimaeus – Margaret Lindsay 705-431-2999 Toll Free 1-877-431-2999
Improving Lives – www.improvinglives.ca
A Helping Hands Always – (Alpha Camp and Retreat) http://alphacampandretreat.com/
Solicitudes - (705) 719-7241 or (705) 331-2541 Email: Janet@Solicitudess.com
Georgian Respite - www.georgianrespite.com
RecRespite - http://recrespite.com 1-877-855-7070 Amy MacFarlane
Genesis Developmental Services - Linda Westlake 705-716-0902 www.genesiscommunityrehab.com/team
ABE Supports - https://abesupports.com/ 1-866-996-1256
Williams, Marijan & Associates (wm+a) - https://wmanda.com Toll Free 866-367-5968
Click on the logos for more information.
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Virtual Dance Classes - click here for a listing of dance studios in Simcoe County
Video Games - contact your local stores or online for popular games that may be perfect for you and your family!
Please note that these activity suggestions are compiled from a parent feedback survey. Parents/caregivers are responsible for the selection of a suitable/appropriate activity, style, level of difficulty for their family member. This item can be purchased at a number of stores in multiple varieties. No specific brand is being endorsed.