Respite Care Services

Respite Care Services


Respite care is a family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability.  Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves.  Respite care can be arranged in the family's home, in the care provider's home, or in a community setting. 


Parents, guardians and caregivers, who care for adults with an intellectual impairment (developmental disability) or children (up to age 18) with a physical and/or intellectual impairment (developmental disability), can apply for respite funding.

Services Provided 

  • Respite funding applications which  include a family respite plans that is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of all families.
  • Information about the CHAP program and
  • Consulatations about other possible respite options  are available for families of children 
  • Services are provided for families residing in Orillia, Midland, Collingwood, Alliston and surrounding areas.

CHAP Program

In Simcoe County the workers who provide respite for families are called CHAP Workers.  CHAP stands for Community Helpers for Active Participation.  For more information about the CHAP Program or to apply to be registered or trained as a CHAP worker, go to or call (705)733-3227 ext. 2235.

Applications for Funding

Applications may be accepted from guardians, adults over 18 years of age, professionals from Health, Social Services and/or Education with consent.  

For Adults (age 18+) with an intellectual impairment (developmental disability):

Contact Developmental Services Ontario, Central East Region, 
toll free 1-855-277-2121 or 905-953-0796 

For Children (up to age 18) with an intellectual impairment (developmental disability) or physical disability:

To apply for funding, complete the attached application and  mail or fax to:

Catulpa Community Support Services, Children's Respite Services 
165 Ferris Lane,    Barrie ON   L4M 2Y1   Fax:  (705) 735-6826

Respite Application Guidelines    

Children's Respite Funding Application 

Children's Respite Handbook




For further information contact Shannon Parton:

Phone (705) 733-3227, ext 2282, or


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Funding for children's respite services is provided by the Ministry of Social and Community Services.












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