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Enhancing quality of life is a priority at Heritage Christian Services – not only for those we serve with developmental disabilities, but also for their caregivers and families.

The respite programs at Heritage Christian Services offer short-term care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which gives their caregivers the gift of time to devote to other areas of their lives.

Some programs, like Respitewood and Respitelodge, can offer overnight support while others provide after school respite. In addition, HCS serves families who are interested in hourly respite or in having a staff member provide respite in the family’s home.

Families can rest assured, knowing their loved one is being cared for by a professional staff member who is certified in CPR, first-aid and specialized care techniques to support a wide variety of physical, emotional and behavioral needs. There are no out-of-pocket costs for Heritage Christian respite services as long as applicants: have a developmental disability, live at home with a parent or guardian and are enrolled in Home and Community Based Services Waiver.

HOURLY RESPITE

All hourly respite programs (afterschool and recreation) currently have waiting lists.  Spots typically open up at the end of the school year or end of summer as students graduate or age out. When a spot becomes available respite staff review all applicants on the waiting list and consider how long a person has been waiting, why the family needs respite, medical, behavioral and supervision needs and compatibility with other students to select an attendee. Please ensure all submitted application are accurate and complete. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.  If your application is accepted, we will require additional information before attendance.

Afterschool Programs

Heritage Christian afterschool programs are for students ages 5-21 and run Monday through Friday, while school is in session.

Respite Creek: 2:30 – 6 p.m. at Creekside School, 41 O’Conner Rd, Fairport, NY 14450

Respite Creek is a site-based, non-certified after school program located in a classroom at the Creekside School, which is part of the BOCES Foreman Center in Fairport. Respite Creek  follows the BOCES school calendar. Students spend after school hours in a safe, supportive environment and take part in a wide variety of activities including creative projects; exercise such as walking and basketball; outdoor fun on the playground; and learning opportunities on the computers and iPads. We are not able to pass any medications except an EPI PEN.

Respite Friends: 2:30 – 6 p.m. at the Pieters Family Life Center, 1025 Commons Way, Henrietta, NY 14623

Respite Friends is a site-based non-certified afterschool program that follows the Holy Childhood school calendar and is located at the Pieters Family Life Center. The Pieters Family Life Center is a state-of-the-art health and wellness facility equipped with a gymnasium, fitness room, kitchen, café and studios for dance, music and art. Participants enjoy activities like exercising, working on a computer, reading, baking and playing games and sports. We are not able to pass any medications except an EPI PEN.

Recreation Programs

Respite Teen: 6 – 9 p.m. at the Pieters Family Life Center, 1025 Commons Way, Henrietta, NY 14623

Respite Teens is a site-based non-certified recreation program that supports young people ages 13 to 21. Participants choose from a wide variety of on-site activities including cooking, watching movies, playing games and much more. Dinner is provided at this program. We are not able to pass any medications except an EPI PEN. Respite Teen meets one time a month (usually the 3rd Friday of each month).

Respite Camp Cancelled

You may have heard Rotary Sunshine Camp cannot host our program this year. We regret having to cancel respite camp. We look forward to the day we’re together again. Be well.

 

FREE STANDING RESPITE (OVERNIGHT)

Free standing respite gives guests a fun opportunity to socialize and enjoy time away from home in a safe environment while providing caretakers time to accomplish other tasks or enjoy time to themselves. Heritage Christian has two overnight respite locations in Rochester. Both homes are fully accessible and can support individuals of all abilities. Respite staff are certified to pass medications and can provide personal care assistance to guests based on that person’s level of support needed. Our Respite programs may not be able to meet all skilled nursing and behavior support needs. Each application is reviewed by the program’s director and as needed by a registered nurse to ensure that the person’s needs can be safely met by the staff.

Respitelodge –Located in Chili, Respitelodge can serve up to six guests per night and provides two staff on evening shifts, one staff on overnights.

Respitewood – Located in Webster, Respitewood can serve up to five guests per night and has three to four staff on evening shifts, two staff on overnights.  Staff at Respitewood can provide 1:1 and range of scan supervision (or less, if needed).

For more information or an application, please contact Jennifer Shortino, respite intake coordinator at jshortino@Heritagechristianservices.com or (585) 967-0178.

CLUB ADVENTURE SITE-BASED RESPITE (BUFFALO AREA)

Club Adventure is a site-based respite program that meets multiple times a month and offers social and recreational opportunities. Scheduled activities are age-specific, and may take place at our location in Tonawanda, or at various locations around the western New York community.