What Is Respite?

Respite provides a break for primary caregivers. Caregivers often face added stress as a result of balancing the needs of their loved one with a developmental disability/delay, the needs of other family members, and the stressors of everyday life. Respite allows caregivers to rest, recharge, and balance those stressors and continue to provide complete care.

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Developmental Pathways will work to support caregivers as well as current and potential providers.

  • Educate and build trust of caregivers through events, newsletters and videos
  • Respite grants are available to increase provider capacity
  • Connect with and support parent groups and caregiver trainings
The goals of the Respite Initiative are to build trusting relationships between caregivers and respite providers, to support current and potential providers’ capacity to increase services, and to simplify the process of finding respite. For questions, contact the Community Line at 303-858-2255.

Video Resources

Linda, mother of two, shares how respite has positively impacted her family.

Maria shares the different ways she gets respite and how her son has grown through these experiences.

Learn about the various types of respite and how to find the right provider.

Hear directly from respite providers on how they can offer exceptional care for your loved one.

Learn about the different ways to pay for and access respite.

Learn how to identify the right provider to meet your needs through these simple actions.

Hear about three ways to become a respite provider for people with developmental disabilities and delays.

Respite Resources

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Colorado Respite Coalition:
This website is dedicated to Respite information for Colorado residents and provides a wealth of information to caregivers who care for individuals of all ages and with all types of disabilities.  The “Respite Locator” can be used to provide respite options more specific to your location.

Free/Low-Cost Respite Options

All-Stars Activ8 Sports:
A monthly faith-based respite program for families and caretakers with children who have special needs. $10 registration fee.

Night Lights:
Provides a few hours of free respite to children from 1 to 12 years old, one Friday night per month in a church located in Parker, as well as a church in Littleton.

Night Owls Respite Program:
On the first Friday night of each month, trained volunteers provide an evening of individualized care and fun for children with special needs and their siblings, ages 1 month through 12 years, at the Fisher Early Learning Center on the University of Denver campus.