Physical, Emotional, Developmental and Community Services
Services physiques, émotifs, communautaires et pour le développement
Contact Us Toll Free: 1-800-465-7203
Services are available in English and French / Services offerts en Français et en Anglais
What is Respite?
Respite is a periodic, short-term break to relieve a family of the responsibility of daily care of a family member with a physical and/or developmental disability.
Who Can Use the Service?
- The family of an individual who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability. The individual must be under the age of 18 years and be residing in the family home.
- The family of an individual who has been diagnosed with an on-going, chronic medical condition. The individual must be under the age of 18 years and must be residing in the family home.
- Respite service is available to families residing in the City of Dryden or the surrounding unorganized areas.
How Many Hours of Respite is Available?
The number of hours of Respite a family receives depends on their needs, the availability of respite through other services and the amount of funding available for this service.
Some families prefer to have a set number of hours each week. Some families prefer to use weekend or overnight respite. Others receive a combination of both.
Who Employs the Worker?
The parent employs the worker. The family chooses a worker and trains the individual to meet the specific needs of their family member.
On a quarterly basis, FIREFLY negotiates with the family, the number of hours of respite service they can use. The parent is reimbursed for these Respite hours based on invoices submitted to FIREFLY.
Is There a Fee for Respite?
There is a $2.50 per hour parental contribution for each hour of service used. The family will be charged a maximum of $37.50 per day for extended respite (i.e. overnight/weekend).
If financial circumstances prevent the family from being able to contribute the full amount of $2.50 per hour, the fee may be reduced or in some situations, waived.
FIREFLY has a central access system where you can get information about our services. Click here for the Dryden contact information.