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Respite Care Program

Respite Care Program

A Time to Refresh, Restore, and Renew

Respite is the provision of short term care for families of a person with a disability. Respite Care is an important part of the overall support system families need to maintain quality care for their disabled loved one in the home. The Respite Care Program is funded through a grant with the Department of State Health Services, Children Special Health Care Needs program. The Respite program is sponsored by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. 

For more information, please call (903) 595-3942, ext. 255.

Saturday Respite

The Saturday Respite Program provides specialized care to children who have a special health care need in a center based setting. The children experience the warm, loving, fun environment provided by the specialized trained Respite Care staff. LVN nurses on staff provide medical care.

Respite Care Center - Tyler, Texas

  • Offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month
  • Available to families of children with special needs ages 3 months to 18 years who reside in the family’s home
  • Application is required
  • Must have a reservation

Respite Care Center - Mineola, Texas

  • Offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month
  • Available to families of children with special needs ages 3 months to 18 years who reside in the family’s home
  • Services are free
  • Application is required

In-Home Respite

  • Assistance in finding and training a Respite Care provider
  • A more flexible option to Respite Care
  • 48 hours of respite care at no cost to the family
  • Application is required

The Respite Program provides assistance in identifying, screening and training potential respite care providers.

Respite Care Provider Responsibilities

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and may not reside in the same home as the family receiving care
  • Must complete criminal background check and TB skin test
  • Must attend CPR and First Aid made available through the Respite Program

Training Program

As a service to families and potential Respite Care Providers, the Respite Care staff has assembled a team of professionals from CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances and the community to provide instruction on caring for children with special health care needs. Topics include:

  • Disability simulatione xercises
  • Overview of childhood disabilities
  • Basic skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Behavioral issues
  • Community resources 

Additional instruction in Basic First Aid and CPR, TB skin test, background check and 5-hour practicum at the Saturday Respite Program are available and required for individuals who would like to be included on the Respite Care Provider Referral List.

For more information on the Respite Care Program, call the Respite Care Office at (903) 595-3942, ext. 255.

Other Programs Offered

    • Medical home and coordination of medical services by a specialized and trained RN special needs nurses
    • Respite Care for special needs children
    • Mom support group
    • Sibling support group
    • Community networking
    • Resources and training for parents of special needs children

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