Providing respite is rewarding work. Becoming a respite provider offers an opportunity for those currently working as Direct Support Professionals, as well as those interested in exploring the field of direct support, to gain additional experience and work closely with families. This booklet offers an overview of respite and highlights the positive impact that respite makes in the lives of people with disabilities, seniors, and their families. Providing Respite: Supporting People and Families Across the Lifespan was made possible through a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of Aging Services, New Jersey Lifespan Respite project, and The Family Resource Network.
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Development of this publication was funded through the Lifespan Respite Project which is supported in part by grant #90LR0029, from the US Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the NJ Department of Human Services, the NJ Lifespan Respite Coalition, and the Family Resource Center