Availability: Friday evening - Sunday morning, one weekend per month. While most participants stay for the entire weekend, participants are not required to stay for the entire weekend. Call for scheduling options.
Fees: Medicaid, IO Waiver, Level 1 Waiver, Family Support Services, private pay and other options available. Call for fees.
Serving people of all faiths, ages and ethnicities
Experience That Keeps Getting Better
Recreational Respite began 1989 at the request of families who needed a break from the 24-hour a day care they provided to their family member with a disability. Over the years, the program has continued to evolve, grow and change to best meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Using Northeast Ohio as a playground, Recreational Respite continues to add new adventures and locations each year.
Variety and Choices Keeps Our Participants Coming Back
Recreational Respite offers a wide variety of activities and social interaction. Frequent field trips throughout the year are the most popular activities among participants. Participants have enjoyed visiting places like Cedar Point, The Wilds, Cleveland Zoo, Lake Farm Park, Put-In-Bay and Hartville Flea Market and Restaurant to name a few. They have enjoyed train rides through Sugarcreek and voyages on the Atwood Queen.
When not on a field trip, the program is held at a local site where participants enjoy activities like dancing, games, arts, crafts, cooking, music appreciation and social interaction. All activities are “by choice” allowing participants to exercise decision making and practice self-determination.
Educated, Compassionate Staff That Knows Each Participant
The staff at Recreational Respite is committed to providing the highest level of service to our participants. With a ratio of not more than four participants per staff member, the program is able to provide supervision at a level that is appropriate for most participants. Throughout the year, the staff learns about each participant’s likes and dislikes, and is able to customize the program to fit the needs of most individuals.
Recreational Respite has a reputation for retaining long-time employees which provides a greater level of comfort and familiarity to our participants. Many of the staff have earned degrees in areas such as education, special education, and psychology. Additionally, each staff member must, be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check.
Who Can Attend: Participants are individuals who are eligible for services through their county board of developmental disabilities and range in age from 13 to 80 years of age. At the program, individuals are grouped according to age to maintain appropriate peer interaction during sessions. Staff will assist participants in meeting and cementing friendships with same age peers with similar interests.
Due to the program’s active schedule, participants must have basic personal care skills and be capable of demonstrating appropriate behavior, especially in public places. Assistance is available to dispense medications and minor medical treatments throughout the session.