Respite Care

Our Respite program is based on the premise that families know their children best. To ensure that child and family preferences have been taken into consideration, we have recruited a group of caregivers who reflect the diversity of the families we serve.


What is Respite Care?

Respite care gives families temporary relief from the challenges of caring for a child with a developmental disability. Whether this relief is for a few hours, a day, a weekend or longer depends on the families needs.
Respite care aims to strengthen the family unit. The program allows families to rest, take a vacation, tend to life’s necessities, or deal with stressful situations such as illness, death or moving.
Respite care is not a luxury: it is essential for a family’s well-being. It can prevent parents from becoming so stressed and fatigued that they can no longer cope with the special needs of their child or respond to the needs of other family members.

Why Respite Care?


To support children with special needs and their families.
To enable families to have options and choices when
  making decisions for their children.
To promote awareness and acceptance of children with special needs
  and their families within the community.
To encourage open and equal access to all community
  resources and services.

This comprehensive approach provides complementary learning opportunities and focuses on the development and functional use of age appropriate skills for each child.


Benefits to the Child with Special Needs

Respite care gives children with special needs an opportunity to participate in a wider range of experiences that are essential for development, such as:

On-going relationships and social interaction outside the 
  family unit.
Contact with other children who model age-appropriate 
  behaviours, in circumstances where the caregiver has children.
Growing independence through new learning experiences.
Inclusion in community activities.

Respite Program Brochure 2016

Respite Program Handbook 2016

Group Respite
Group Respite is an excellent option for families who would like their child's respite to take place in a group environment. We currently offer two groups (one for ages 6-12 and the other for ages 13-19) which serve up to eighteen children/youth at one time. 

The Reach Group Respite program gives parents of children with developmental disabilities some much needed respite, while providing children with all the benefits of a positive group dynamic. The program encourages children’s social skills, facilitates friendships, promotes positive self-esteem and community awareness, while decreasing the possibility of isolation. In Group Respite children can enjoy sports, games, crafts, baking, field trips and other fun activities together.

When does the program run? frienboys_in_van.jpgdsh
Group Respite runs the second and forth Saturday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., giving each family a total of 11 hours of respite per month. The program is staffed with a program coordinator and 6 well-trained and experienced caregivers.




Group Respite Program Handbook 2016

bullet_arrow.gif"Restoring Balance" by Melanie Reid, Manager of the Reach Respite program and Dawn Beazley Manager of the Reach Group Respite program   (South Delta Leader newspaper 2009)

To access the respite or group respite program families must have a referral from their Ministry for Child and Family Development social worker. 

For more information contact Respite Care Program Coordinator Melanie Reid at 604-946-6622 ext. 305 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

or Group Respite Coordinator Denise Sheridan at 778-578-7840 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it