Respite

Good Shepherd In-Respite Care provides short-term, intermittent care for individuals with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and developmental disabilities.  Services are provided in the home of the respite family.  Respite Care staff also provides care for the siblings under 18 of the child with the disability, while parents/caregivers are out of the home.  

The program is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services; therefore there is no charge for families of qualified individuals.  Families are allowed up to 180 hours of respite care a fiscal year; up to 10 hours per scheduled day.  Good Shepherd Respite Care Workers are well trained in the areas of:  Human Rights, Abuse and Neglect, Human Interaction & Communication, Records, and Emergency Medical Procedures and Basic Safety, as well as 40 hours of on-the-job training with an experienced Respite Worker.  All employees must pass Criminal Background and reference checks before being hired.

In addition to providing Respite Care for families, this department also assists families in accessing other available services for their child by providing referral services and to assure that the families’ needs are best met.  This department also provides CPR/First Aid training for families at no charge.

This program serves families in southwest suburban Cook County and northern Will County for families that receive services in our Early Intervention program.  For further information call the In-Home Respite Care Family Manager at 708-335-0020, extension 22.