Our Respite Services provide family-centered support in individual and group settings. Our services take place inside participants’ homes and in outside environments. We help participants develop self-esteem, independence and social skills while enjoying greater participation in community life. Our services also reduce stress and improve home life by providing relief from care-giving for family members.
Respite Services are available to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families within our service area. We offer one-on-one support, in-home support, and support with individual outings as well as organized group activities for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Our groups are managed in two different ways. One is designed to foster social interactions, group decision making, and group problem resolution among people with intellectual/developmental disabilities of similar ages and interests. The other is a larger setting that may include siblings and is designed to promote development of social skills and healthy lifestyles through structured creative activities such as art, dance, and music. Both allow parents and caregivers to take some time to themselves while their children receive professional, supervised support. For more information click here.
Our Parents Night Out Program (PNO) takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings in various community locations including local Park Districts, churches and community centers throughout our service area. Interested families can work with CSS to create their own groups if none exist in their community. PNO is open to the child with the disability as well as his/her non-disabled siblings. Click here for a list of locations, fees, and times. Click here to download in Spanish.
Throughout the year, CSS offers special interest groups, social events, or special services for residents of specific communities, initiated by particular funding sources or community groups. These may include an Art Club, holiday parties, summer day camps, or series of Health & Wellness classes. Check our calendar often for further details.
To speak with a CSS staff person about Respite, you may email Respite@CSSservices.org. Please include your name and a phone number for you to receive a response. Or fill out an inquiry form.
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