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.
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.