ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
This information sheet provides families information about what respite care is, important questions to ask potential respite care providers, and how to go about finding respite care.
Respite care is temporary relief care designed for families of children or adults with special needs. Respite can be based out of the family’s home or out in the community. Respite services can vary from a few short hours to a week. It may involve overnight care for an extended period of time. Respite care can be something a family uses regularly, or just as needed.
Respite care is designed to help families. Caretakers of children or adults with special needs often face their own health concerns and stress as a result of balancing the needs of their loved one with the needs of other family members. The breaks that respite care provides allows families time to focus their attention on the needs of others or themselves. Respite can also help prevent abuse and neglect, while supporting family unity. Respite care allows families to take vacations or a few hours of time off.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.