Respite Care is a service that provides a break for people who are caring for an individual or child with a disability.
We provide funding for in-home respite care at an hourly, overnight, or multiple-day basis. Providers are screened and referred by staff, and trained by the family.
Find a respite provider in your county.
Respite & Recreation (R&R) Club meetings are fun-filled evenings for children with disabilities and their siblings, age birth to 21 years old. Pre-registration is required for each meeting and a nominal fee is charged.
We produce a monthly informational newsletter for families to stay connected.
HOW TO SIGN UP
If you are interested in one of our respite programs, simply contact us. Be sure to leave your name, phone number and email address. Then we will reach out to you, and we can discuss the respite options for your unique situation.
Milwaukee, Ozaukee & Racine County
Washington & Waukesha County & Lifespan
Milwaukee County, Spanish Speaking Families
In your email, please include your name, phone number and preferred email address.
Have you received respite care through Broadscope Disability Services? Complete the Respite Care Reimbursement Request form no later than one week after the respite period.
National Family Caregivers Month – November 2015 theme:
“Respite: Care for Caregivers”
Respite – the chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize – is as important as any other item on your caregiver’s to-do list. People think of respite as a luxury, but considering caregivers’ increased risk for health issues from chronic stress, those risks are a lot costlier than some time away to recharge. Respite is the key to your own well-being. Respite protects your own health, strengthens family relationships, prevents burn-out andallows your loved one to stay at home up to three times longer. No wonder respite is one of the most frequently requested support services for family caregivers.
R is for “Rest and Relaxation”
Everyone needs a little “R and R” – especially family caregivers. Relaxing is the best way to return refreshed to handle your many responsibilities as a caregiver.
E as in “Energize”
Caregiving is often round-the-clock 24/7. Respite isn’t simply “getting a few hours off.” It’s necessary to help you reenergize, reduce stress and provide care for your loved one.
S as in “Sleep”
Caregivers often have sleep problems. Address sleep problems and insomnia before they take too great a toll on your health.
P is for “Programs that can help you”
Respite – which can be in the home or out of the home – can be hard to find but there are programs available to you.
I as in “Imagination”
Let your mind run free; read a book; see a movie. You have been so occupied with the nuts-and-bolts of caregiving that refreshing your mind will actually help you be a better caregiver.
T as in “Take Five”
…or better yet, take ten. Do you find yourself saying, “I wish I had just ten minutes to myself”? Don’t feel guilty. You need a reprieve – a few minutes to temporarily disengage.
E is for “Exhale”
A simple breath in and then a long exhale can help you focus and increase your vitality. A few deep breaths can give you more energy, reduce stress, and lift your mood.