Guest Authored By Sophia P L, OTR/L
Being a parent or caregiver of a child that is neurodiverse is both deeply rewarding and challenging! On top of your own personal work or educational pursuits, you may be juggling your child’s virtual schooling, therapy schedules, extracurricular activities, and managing a household. Just like we support the mental and physical needs of our children, sometimes caregivers need a break too! Model healthy living habits and self-care so that your children understand and embody these values as well.
What is respite care?
Respite care is short-term care for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays that provides relief to caregivers. Respite care providers typically undergo thorough background checks and trainings to best facilitate your child’s growth and development. Often, respite care centers work alongside families to develop personalized goals for your child. These may include: personal self-care, behavioral, socialization, self-advocacy, and community navigation/mobility skills.
Is there insurance coverage for respite care services?
According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, under Section 1915(c) respite care services may be provided to families with request and approval of a waiver from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as long as your family meets a series of requirements. For more information, see this link.
If you do not qualify for a Medicaid waiver, you may be eligible for other Illinois public funding. Here is a link to an Illinois public funding chart.
Arc Community Support Systems provides respite care services for individuals living in Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wayne and Wabash counties. Please see this brochure for more information.
What programs are available in my area?
Easterseals offers respite care services to ten families on a first come first serve basis for families living in Winnebago, Boone or Ogle Counties. Here is the link for more information.
The JCSF provides respite care services for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Here is the link with more information.
The Lifespan RespiteCare Program
The Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center along with the Illinois Repite Coalitiion may help to identify respite resources in your area. Here is their link.
Eyas Landing is a therapy clinic with a mission to provide evidence-based and family-centered therapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal is to deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and to empower families to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, our highly educated, compassionate staff dedicates time and expertise to create experiences that maximize therapeutic outcomes. The strength, determination, and perseverance of our clients are evident as they succeed in therapy, and ultimately in their daily lives.
Eyas Landing offers a wide range of comprehensive services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, ABA Therapy, Social Work, Family Therapy, and Neuropsych testing. Services are provided throughout the Chicagoland area via Telehealth, In-Home, and in our state of the art clinic.
Want to learn more or you have a specific question? Feel free to connect with us here!