A combination of two components: “Respite: a break, for Parents and/or Caregivers, from providing care to their loved one(s) with special needs” + “Hospitality: a relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with good will, reception, and entertainment.”
Last Mother’s Day Weekend, The Community Outreach Department hosted its 2nd annual “Respitality” event. On a first come, first serve basis, DP treated several parents/caregivers to an overnight break from providing care for their child(ren). Parents/caregivers were able to spend a peaceful Saturday night at a hotel, enjoy dinner, spa treatment, and a good night’s rest. Children hung out at a nearby hotel participating in fun games, activities, dinner, and sleepover!
Kids of all ages participated in fun activities such as crafts, bowling, games, and music. Respite was provided by a great Aurora-based organization, Angel’s of Colorado.
For some, it was the first time away from each other. This proved to provide a chance for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Sometimes you don’t know how much rest you need until you’ve experienced a good full night of uninterrupted sleep.
What Families Are Saying
“At the beginning, I did not know what to expect, But I am so glad we were able to be part of this. My son had a great time, and the staff was very professional and friendly. My husband and I were able to get some much-needed rest. I would recommend all families to participate in this event because it is important to take a break sometimes.”
– Hodges Family
“Our experience with the respitality event was wonderful. Check in at both places was extremely easy and the staff immediately made us feel comfortable leaving our children for the night. My husband and I went downtown for drinks and dinner, came back to the hotel for my massage and then watched a movie. The next morning, we slept in, enjoyed the breakfast buffet and were eager to go pick up the boys. Our favorite part of the event was being able to spend an evening together, knowing the kids were being well taken care of. Cameron enjoyed every minute of the event. He loved the games, the face painting, swimming and the bearded dragon. His favorite part of the event was having a sleepover in a hotel with his brothers and the face painting. We would absolutely recommend this event to other families. We were both a little unsure about leaving our kids with people we didn’t know very well, but you all did a wonderful job making us feel comfortable. On a side note, the boys just loved Ray! The all really connected with him and they were so sad to leave him. My oldest still talks about him and wants to do this again next year. “
Respite is delivered through a variety of supports; all are wonderful ways to help you take a step back, remember who you are – aside from being an incredible parent and/or caregiver. DP hopes you find reliable respite supports, as well as backup plan for those emergency respite needs.
Want to Learn More About Respite?
Through Developmental Pathways, individuals and families have access to different types of respite care. Please contact your Coordinator, Case Manager or the Community Line (303)858-2255 to learn more.