ARISE Now Offers In-Home Respite for Oswego County Families

To parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities, Respite is a chance to take a break. While this means different things to different people – some enjoy an evening out while others simply take advantage of some alone time – everyone agrees that getting a much-needed break reduces stress and strengthens family relationships. To participants, Respite is a chance to join in fun, meaningful activities while receiving the care, support, and level of supervision based on their needs.

ARISE is pleased to launch a new In-Home Respite Program for Oswego County families. This new program is different from conventional after-school respite programs. Services are provided in the participants’ homes on evenings and weekends, when traditional respite can be difficult to obtain. Participants can be children or adults with developmental disabilities, as long as they live with their families, but will not age-out of the program.

In-Home Respite is flexible to meet individual needs, and trained staff can engage the participant in a variety of activities, from fun and games, to homework and learning new skills. The program will serve up to 12 families at a time and provide each family an average of 4 hours of respite services a week.

This exciting new program is the product of more than a year of planning and recent funding from the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Central New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office. As the program ramps up, ARISE is encouraging interested families to apply for services. Additionally, the program created several new positions respite program workers currently available.

For more information on the In-Home Respite program, contact Kathy Mahar at 298-5726 ext. 204. Employment applications can be downloaded from the ARISE website at