Respite for Families
YSSN hosts respite services for families through two ways:
- A Respite Access Facilitator works with adults and their families to identify their respite needs, develop plans, and find the resources that are right for them.
- The CHAP Program (Community Helpers for Active Participation) maintains a respite worker registry to assist families in hiring staff.
Why register with the CHAP Program?
- Families can connect easily with respite workers either to work in the home and/or enable individuals to participate in community based respite opportunities
- Once registered, families can access CHAP workers as much or as little as needed. Families receive and review the profiles of workers and independently negotiate with and hire a worker who best suits their needs
Caregivers of a child or adult with a developmental disability can receive emotional support from caregiving peers who understand. Our Family Peer Mentors are family caregivers with lived experience who can help you, the caregiver, by:
- Developing strategies for self-care and stress management
- Assisting you in navigating community caregiver programs and resources
- Offering monthly support groups, and workshops with a focus on self-care and wellness
Streamlined Access Family Caregiver Navigator
YSSN’s program for caregivers of individuals with a mental health concern and/or addiction to access 50 minute one-on-one appointments to receive peer-based supports.
Peer Based Support for Caregivers Including:
- Emotional support over the phone and in-office
- Caregiver resources Information on mental health and addictions
- Evidenced based skills for self-care, stress reduction and relationship building
- Linking to other caregiver community services
How to book and appointment?
Streamlined Access Family Caregiver Navigator referrals can be made by anyone (e.g., caregiver, family/friend, service provider). Appointments are for caregivers that are 16+ years old, supporting a loved one with Mental Health & Addiction or Dual Diagnosis (note: no formal diagnosis required), and residing in York Region or South Simcoe. A referral can be made two ways:
- Streamlined Access (289-340-0348 or 1-844-660-6602) or Fax (905-898-6457)
- Aurora Office (Walk-in during office hours Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm)