Respite Program

Caring for a family member with developmental disabilities is an around-the-clock job that can have emotional and physical repercussions for the entire family. Respite is short-term care that helps a family of a disabled child or adult to take a break from the stress of their daily routine. The Arc’s Respite Program is designed not only to protect the caregiver’s health and well-being, but also to prevent out-of-home placement and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect.

Through The Arc’s Respite Program, trained workers provide assistance that allows parents the opportunity to balance their lives while decreasing stress and recharging. All Respite Program staff members have extensive experience working with people with developmental disabilities, and receive ongoing training on relevant issues and new procedures. Each respite worker is required to pass rigorous pre-employment background screenings.

The Arc is pleased to be able to offer two options for respite care, in-home and center-based. Both offer the services of staff members who have extensive experience working with people with developmental disabilities. All respite workers must meet rigorous pre-employment criteria and pass federal background screenings. In addition to the experience they already have, respite workers receive regular trainings on a variety of issues related to the services they provide.

Upon acceptance into the program, interviews are scheduled with potential workers so that families are guaranteed that the person coming into their home is someone with whom they are comfortable.

Center-based respite care is offered each Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, alternating between The Arc’s Courim Center in Riviera Beach and The Arc’s South Campus in Boca Raton.

For more information, please contact 561-721-2818.