Respite Home Q&A

After nearly a year of construction and much anticipation, we’re so pleased to announce the opening of a new respite home located in Altoona. You might be wondering what a respite home is, how it’s different than other residential programs, and when you might want to consider respite.

Who is respite for? And why should I consider it?

Caring for a family member with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities at home is a personal choice that comes with an enormous amount of daily effort. However, people who make that decision are blessed with many rewards. Family members and caregivers repeatedly tell us that the daily joy and benefits definitely outweigh any challenges. That said, it’s critical that caregivers also care for themselves.

The respite home offers a temporary place for people receiving care to stay for up to 30 days while caregivers take time away from the work of caregiving.

When should I think about respite?

The Skills Respite Home supports people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities if their primary caregiver needs to travel, seek medical care, take care of personal tasks, or simply relax and rejuvenate. There are a variety of good reasons to use the support of the Skills Respite Home!

Is there anything unique about this respite home and its design?

Yes! The respite home was newly constructed specifically for Skills and incorporates many design features to best support people living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Seamless flooring transitions throughout the home make it easy to navigate in a wheelchair. Contrasting wall and floor tiles make it possible for people with depth perception and other vision challenges to move throughout the home easily and safely.

What else does Skills provide at the respite home?

In addition to providing day-to-day support, we can coordinate ancillary services such as behavioral support, community participation, employment services, and transportation to day programs, vocational training programs, or other supporting services as needed.

Who should I contact to learn more?

Give us a call at 814.949.4800 or contact us online.