Respite means a short period of rest and relief. Respite services at Unlocked Potential offer just that! Staff who have experience with children and/or adults diagnosed with developmental delays provide child care for parents in need of a break - date night, running errands, spending time with another child, etc. We currently provide In Home Respite as well as Weekend Respite
We currently provide Respite services for children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are diagnosed with a developmental delay.
Sessions occur during a mutually agreed upon schedule between the family and the Respite provider. Due to children's school schedule, sessions generally occur afterschool, evenings, and weekends.
Within the Agency Hired Respite program, Unlocked Potential providers generally stay with the child in and around the family's home (ie. backyard, local park, etc) as appropriate.
Within the Weekend Respite Program, Unlocked Potential provides group outings for the family to drop off their child and pick them up at a predetermined time. Current weekend respite programming includes Saturday Walking Club at Roosevelt Park in Woodbridge, NJ.
Caregivers are often at a high risk of "burn out" or "brown out" when they dont have time to decompress and relax. Respite offers parents time to take care of themselves and have a much needed break from their caretaking responsibilities. Additionally, when a youth has time with others outside of the family and the structure of school, they also have an opportunity to utilize some of the social skills they may be working on in other settings.
Funding for Weekend Respite program is available for those youth and families who are approved through PerformCare. Limited slots are available for families seeking private pay options.
All Respite Inquiries should be emailed to