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Respite Care Services

Respite care at Lansdowne Children's Centre provides short-term relief for primary caregivers with care provided in the home or in the community.

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Respite Care (In-Home)

Providing a break for families caring for children to age 18 with long term physical, developmental and/or communication disability delays. Supports are offered in the child's home or in the community.

Special Services at Home

Special Services at Home (SS@H) supports children to age 18 with a developmental and/or physical disability. Support can include 1:1 support working with your child on goals, or providing primary caregivers with a short break.

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Kids Country Inn

Kids Country Inn (KCI) Is a weekend out-of-home getaway with on-site nursing support, available to children up to age 18 who are medically fragile and/or technologically dependent/multiple needs.

Alternate Care

Respite support for children and youth up to age 18 with developmental delays. Eligible clients are matched with a family who provides care in their home or in the child's home.

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ASD Respite

Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) Respite supports children to age 18 with a confirmed ASD diagnosis. Support can include 1:1 help working on the child's goals, or to give family relief. Can be used to purchase other forms of respite.

What is In-Home Respite care at Lansdowne?

In-Home Respite care program offers families an opportunity for a break by providing a support worker to work with the child/youth in the home or in the community.

Who is eligible for the In-Home Respite program?

  • Children/youth 0-18 years of age with long term physical, developmental and/or communication disabilities.

  • Children/youth who require assistance to perform physical and/or functional tasks in a manner similar to that of a non-disabled person of the same age.

  • Reside in Brant and Brant County with parent or legal guardian.

  • Families residing in Haldimand-Norfolk can contact HN REACH for respite services. Please call 1-800-265-8087, or local at 519-587-2441.

What can I expect?

Children/youth who are eligible for this program will be prioritized for service based on a variety of considerations and areas of need. The In-Home Respite program provides support workers with a wide range of skills and experience. The Program Supervisor will assist your family in finding the right match for your child.

For further information about In-Home Respite program at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form​.

 
What is Special Services at Home?

Special Services at Home (SS@H) is a program designed to provide a variety of supports to those who are caring for a child with a developmental and/ or physical disability. SS@H can be used in a variety of ways to best meet the needs of each unique family. Support can be provided either in the home or in a variety of community settings The program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Some of the ways SS@H can provide your child with support are:

  • 1:1 Support Worker to support your child in working toward their own unique goals.

  • 1:1 Support Worker to provide families with a short break from the demands of caring for their child.

  • The purchase of a variety of other individualized supports and services for your child based on current Ministry guidelines. Click here to open the Ministry guide for eligible and ineligible supports.

  • With careful thought and planning, your SS@H funds can be used to support a wide range of meaningful activities which will increase a child's experiences and opportunities to work on their individual goals.

Who is eligible for the Special Services at Home Program?

  • Children/youth 0-18 years of age

  • Children/youth with a physical and/or developmental disability verified by a physician.

 

What can I expect?

  • Lansdowne Children's Centre can assist in completing your SS@H application form.

  • Once your child’s eligibility has been determined, and the Ministry has issued your child an SS@H contract, a Program Supervisor will meet with you to discuss how your funding can be best utilized to meet the unique needs of your child and family.

For further information about the Special Services at Home program at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form​.

 
 
What is Kids Country Inn at Lansdowne?

Kids Country Inn (KCI) is licensed by the Ministry Of Children, Community, and Social Services to provide out-of-home weekend respite. It is a fun-filled respite program located at Brantwood Abilities Centre in Brantford.

This picturesque location offers an environment that supports the special needs of the children/youth, including a heated therapy pool, Snoezelen mutli-sensory environment room, and accessible grounds to explore.
 

Who is eligible for Kids Country Inn?

  • Children/youth 0-18 years of age;

  • Children/youth who are:

    • Medically fragile, and/or

    • Technologically dependent (uses a medical device on a consistent basis to maintain the function of daily living) ie. Catheterization, enteral tube feeding, suctioning and oxygen; or

    • Physically disabled with multiple special needs, as defined by a physician

  • Reside in Brantford or Brant County in their family home; or have a referral from Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) which services Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant area.

What can I expect?

Lansdowne provides quality care in a home-like environment. Staffing consists of a complement of Nurses and well-trained Support Workers. Children and youth are well taken care of so that families can re-energize and rest.

Once your child is deemed eligible they can expect to attend KCI approximately 4 weekends per year.

  • The respite weekend runs from Friday at 6 pm to Sunday at 3:30 pm.

  • Day respite is also an option for those not quite ready to sleep away from home.

  • A parent-directed Care Plan is created for each child.

For further information about the Kids Country Inn program at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form​.

What is Alternate Care at Lansdowne?

The Alternate Care Program (ACP) is a family based model of respite. Care providers are screened and trained to provide relief either in their home, the family’s home or in the community. It is a safe and nurturing place for your child to spend time while providing a much needed break for the caregivers.

 

The Alternate Care Program is licensed under the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services and administered by Lansdowne Children’s Centre.

Who is eligible for the Alternate Care Program?

  • Children/youth birth to 18 years of age with a diagnosis of developmental delay.

What can I expect?

Your child will have an enjoyable time with another family while you are taking care of yourself. Initially the Alternate Care Supervisor will meet with you to obtain more information about your child’s individual needs and your respite requirements. Options for ACP providers will be discussed. Service initiation could begin sooner if you know of an individual or family that could provide support.

Once you have been matched with an ACP Provider you will meet together with the ACP Supervisor. The specific days of respite are arranged between you and the ACP Provider.

For further information about the Alternative Care program at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form​.

 
 
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite at Lansdowne?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite is a family support service at Lansdowne Children's Centre that provides temporary caregiver relief from the demands involved in caring for your child/youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Who is eligible for the ASD Respite Program?

  • Children/youth birth to 18 years of age with a confirmed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis

  • Children/youth living in Brantford and Brant County with their parent or legal guardian.

What can I expect?

Families who are eligible for this program will be prioritized for service based on a variety of considerations.

For further information about the Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite program at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form​.

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