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Our Services


Art By: Laureen Fitzmaurice

Respite House

Sometimes a break is all you need

Putting Family Member’s Minds at Ease

Spending time away from a child isn’t easy for a parent, especially when he or she has a developmental disability. Knowing your son or daughter is left with caring, dedicated professionals in a safe and friendly environment brings comfort and relief.

Our Respite House offers parents or caregivers an opportunity to take some time off from caring for their family member with a disability. Families use respite services to run errands, spend time with their other children, take trips out of town, or simply to take a much-needed break.
Respite House

Our freestanding Respite House provides planned overnight visits for both children and adults. The cozy home, located in a quiet neighborhood in Thornwood, has space for up to six individuals. Up to five guests are scheduled in advance and the last spot is saved for use by a family in crisis. The average respite visit ranges from one night to a full week, with longer stays possible if a family should need them.

Our Respite house is in operation 7 days a week, year-round. The experienced staff are trained in first aid, CPR, behavior management, medication administration, use of adaptive equipment, and fire safety, among other topics. Recreational activities are planned according to the interests and abilities of our guests, who also have opportunities to learn new independent living skills. Families often use our Respite House as a way of helping both the individual and the caregiver prepare for future residential opportunities. Many of our guests look forward to their “vacations” at our Respite House, and they ask their parents to call back to schedule the next visit as soon as possible.

How to Access Respite Services

Arc of Westchester’s respite programs are funded by Medicaid and have NO FEE. Please see if you meet the eligibility requirements below:

To be eligible for our Respite programs, participants:

  • Ages 21 and under:
    You must be eligible for OPWDD services (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) and reside with family in Westchester County.
  • Adults over 21:
    You will need to have Medicaid or be in the process of applying for Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services. If respite is the only waiver service you receive, you may be eligible for an exception to this regulation.