Respite and Family Support

Respite services give caregivers of people with disabilities a helping hand by providing trained staff to step in for a brief period.


In comparing Easterseals RISE respite and famiy supports to other programs or providers, here are some things to consider:

  • Easterseals RISE is part of Easterseals Arc, which operates a house in Fort Wayne dedicated to respite services. The fully furnished house has multiple bedrooms for overnight stays and is stocked with a variety of recreational supplies.

  • Respite services can be scheduled to suit your family’s needs, or you can check our monthly respite calendar to find activities or themed days that interest your loved one. 

  • In addition to providing services at the respite house, we also schedule respite outings and trips such as visiting the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum or riding the Whitewater Valley train.

  • We partner with other community organizations to offer Parents Night Out several times a year. On these evenings, we provide respite care for individuals with special needs and their siblings while parents and caregivers enjoy a relaxing evening out. Watch our Facebook page for upcoming dates and locations.

  • We also can accommodate emergency respite needs, such as when a caregiver suddenly becomes ill or injured.  

  • Additional family supports include one-on-one parent mentorships and sibling support groups called Sibshops.


Quick Facts 


Hours: The Respite House in Fort Wayne is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except major holidays.


Medical care: All staff are CPR certified and trained on first aid and dispensing medication. Staff also are trained on each individual’s specific information.


Accreditation: Respite is a CARF-accredited program.

Call us: 260-665-9408

1600 Wohlert St.

Angola, IN 46703

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