Respite Care

Enable offers a variety of respite care alternatives. Many individuals with disabilities remain in their homes with their families. These individuals range in age from toddlers to aging adults. The care for these individuals rests on family members or a spouse. Primary caregivers oftenneed time off from providing care. On average, a caregiver receives 20 hours a month of respite time so he/she can have a break from round-the-clockresponsibility.

Respite care may be provided by an Enable employee or families may receive a monthly stipend to hire their own worker, often an extended family member or a neighbor. Emergency respite care is also available for unanticipated demands on the caregiver in the family.

Drop off respite care is available through Club Chameleon—where the one thing that never changes is the fun! The Club runs in six-week sessions on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. Participants vary in age from about 8 years to young adults. The participant must arrange their own transportation to the West Windsor location. Staff and trained volunteers supervise participants in arts and crafts, nature walks, or other types of recreation while parents/caregivers enjoy time off from care giving.

Enable also oversees three family co-operatives in Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties which are lead by designated volunteer parent leaders. These co-operatives have about 50 families involved in group activities that encourage the family members to interact, form supportive relationships and provide respite care for each other’s children.