Respite for Caregivers

What is respite care? 

Respite care offers temporary care of individuals with disabilities or complex medical needs, which provides usual caregivers with temporary relief of duties.  Caregivers can use respite care to allow themselves the opportunity to take a class, go to a movie, run errands, go grocery shopping, or enjoy any activity, while knowing their family member is being cared for properly.

Why do I need respite care?

Caregivers of children with special needs often face what is known as “Caregiver Burnout.” Stress and anxiety of handling a strenuous care schedule day-in and day-out can take a toll physically and emotionally.  Respite care is designed to help relieve that stress by allowing the caregiver time for his/her self to tend to their own needs.

Who provides respite care?

A respite provider can be a family member, friend, nurse, or other skilled professional. There are often community programs that offer respite care opportunities and provide fun, safe activities for children with special needs while giving the caregivers a break. Check with your local churches, community centers, and “mother’s day out” programs to see if they offer respite care.

Where can I find respite care? 

Below you will find some respite opportunities for the Austin area coming up in March.  Many of these organizations have monthly respite programs.  If you need a break, please do not hesitate to take advantage of these programs!

Sammy’s House

Sammy's HouseSammy’s House is a daycare for children who have special needs.  They offer respite care to anyone in the community (whether they are enrolled in the daycare or not) at least once a month.  Caregivers are trained to handle a variety of conditions and provide a safe environment for all children.  Visit for more information.


Upcoming respite dates:

Friday, March 7th from 6:00-10:00 pm
***Don’t forget to bring dinner!***


Saturday, March 22nd from 10:00-2:00 pm
***Don’t forget to bring a lunch!***

Respite registration is done on a first come, first serve basis. Respite costs $25.00 for your first child attending and $8.00 for each subsequent child. Payment is cash or check, due when you drop your child off for respite.

Contact Irina, respite care coordinator, with any questions at 512-453-5258


Camp Grace Day Camp

The purpose of this Camp Grace event is to serve families by providing respite for parents and caregivers who have children or young adults with special needs.  Parents and caregivers, this is an opportunity for you to take an evening and have fun out on the town or just relax!

Pajama Party Respite Event!
Friday, March 21st 6pm – 9pm
4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd Austin, 78749

Children (age 3 and up) and young adults with special needs and siblings

Activities provided:

  • 6pm – 7pm: Music and puppets
    Parents, we will be providing popcorn and lemonade or water for your children during this time. You may, also, pack a “to go” dinner for your child(ren), if your child will not have already eaten. We’ll take care of the snacks!
  • 7pm – 9pm: Play Time! Each camper with special needs will be assigned a “pal” to assist with transitions and ensure safety and enjoyment during his/her time with us.
    * Gymnasium – a camper favorite! Balls, scooters, hoops, lots of space to run and expend energy!
    * Movie Room – Veggie Tales
    * Crafts Room – for those who like to show their creative side!
    * Costumes – let’s dress up!!
    * Play Room – this room is just toys! This room is for those who are beginning to wind down, but not ready for a movie quite yet
    * Quiet Room – Shhh…this is a room to get away from all the activity.
  • 9pm – 9:15pm: Camper Pick-Up – Hopefully, your child will have worn him/herself out and be ready for Registration:

Camp Grace is FREE, but spots are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your place!  Once all the spots are filled, a waiting list will begin.  If you are on the waiting list, I will notify to let you know you are on the list, as well as to let you know when we have an opening.

IMPORTANT!!!!  I know we ask this every time, but we need to know if your child needs extra assistance with any challenging behaviors (for example, elopement, aggression, etc).  We will NOT turn your child away due to any challenging behaviors.  We have trained volunteers ready to serve you and your children.  We just need to know for the sake of everyone’s safety and enjoyment.  I cannot stress this enough.  Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

If you have any questions regarding this event or other Camp Grace events, feel free to contact Rebecca at  If you would like to include your phone number in your email, Rebecca will personally contact you so we can chat in person.

Camp Grace is held at First Evangelical Free Church, visit website here.


Open Hearts Respite Program

Open HeartsOpen Hearts is a free, monthly respite care program for families with children with disabilities or special needs and their siblings, ages birth to eleven.  It is held every third Friday of the month from 6pm to 10pm at Fellowship Church of Plum Creek, 160 Grace St. Kyle, TX 78640 (Some dates may vary due to holidays or spring break).

While at Open Hearts, your child will be cared for by loving, trained volunteers under the support of professionals in the fields of special education and developmental therapies.

2014 Respite Care Dates

  • January 17, 2014
  • February 14, 2014
  • March 21, 2014
  • April 18, 2014
  • May 16, 2014

To register, please download this form -> (Open-Hearts-Respite-Application) and follow directions for submission.



As we learn of new respite programs, we will share them here or on our Facebook page.


Disclaimer: Growing Places Therapy Services does not have any direct affiliation with the above programs. Our goal is to simply provide information about respite programs regardless of religious affiliations.

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Growing Places Therapy Services, PLLC is a pediatric therapy practice providing physical, occupational, and speech therapies to children from 0-21 years in the Greater Austin area. Our mission is to help your child grow to reach his or her full potential.
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