Why Consider Respite Support?

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 responsibility. 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.

When to Think About Respite:

Skills offers a variety of respite options should your loved one need support if their primary caregiver needs to travel, seek medical care, take care of personal tasks, or simply relax and rejuvenate. Respite support is available in several different settings, including:

  • At one of our community homes
  • At the home of one of our Lifesharing families, or
  • At our Respite Home in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Respite Home

Skills’ respite home was newly constructed specifically for our use 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.

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.

About Our Respite Home:

Location: 4000 Beale Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

Operating Hours:  24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year

Duration: Respite care is generally available for up to 30 days per calendar year.

Cost:  Typically paid for through waiver dollars or State base funds. Private pay options are also available.


  • 2,412 square feet
  • Single level
  • 4 private bedrooms
  • 2 shared bathrooms
  • Large common spaces
  • Ample outdoor space
  • Accessible entries

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disability
  • Eligible through the Person Family Directed Services (PFDS) Waiver, Consolidated Waiver, or Base Funding

Need More Info?

Please contact us for more information about our Respite Home.

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