The Ministry of Children and Youth Services funds two programs that can give families a break (or "respite") from the day-to-day care of their child with special needs. The program is divided into two categories, Out-of-Home-Respite and Enhanced Respite Funding. (source)
Families of children with multiple special needs can receive up to seven days of respite per year, provided in a location other than their own home.
Eligibility RequirementsThe child must:
be under 18 years of age
have multiple special needs because of a physical or developmental disability
live at home and need care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
and, without out-of-home respite, there's a real possibility that
the child would require long-term residential placement
the child's family is at risk of breakdown, or
there's a risk that the child could harm himself or others.
Enhanced Respite Funding
This grant is paid to families who are caring for a child who is medically fragile and/or depends on a technological device needing care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is paid in addition to other respite services. Families may be eligible for up to $3,500 per child, per year.
Examples are children who:
rely on medical and technological equipment, such as mechanical ventilators, apnea monitors, renal dialysis, urinary catheters, colostomy bags
take drugs intravenously
rely on tracheotomy tube care, suctioning, oxygen support or tube feeding.
Eligibility RequirementThe child:
is under 18 years of age
lives at home
needs intensive care and constant monitoring on a 24-hour basis.