Respite Care Resources for Autism Caregivers

Respite Care Resources for Autism Caregivers

Alden Village North – Respite Program (Currently not offering due to COVID)

7464 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626 
773-338-0200 

The Alden Village Health Facility for Children and Adults can help you by providing respite care when you are going on vacation, need to make time for other obligations, or if you simply need a break. Private pay only.


Arch National Respite Network

Provides information on respite and guidance on how to select a respite provider or program.


Association House

1116 N. Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60651
Behavioral Health Receptionist: 773-772-8009
773-772-7170 (Spanish speaking)

Offers free bilingual, primary and psychiatric care for participants with mental illness, developmental disabilities or co-occurring disorders. Respite care open to individuals with developmental disabilities, all ages, based on state criteria from DD. Funding becomes available at beginning of fiscal year, July 1st, and is offered until it is depleted. Parents must supply their own respite worker to provide in-home care. Contact Veronica Lopez for respite services: 773-772-8009, extn. 6711


Camp Red Leaf

26710 West Nippersink Rd, Ingleside, IL 60041
847.740.5010
info@nageelamidwest.org

Year-round recreational & educational programs are offered for children & adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities and/or special needs. Provides weekend respite programs available throughout the year. Serving the Chicagoland, Northwest suburban and Southern Wisconsin communities.


The Children's Place Association

Gloria Gordon
700 N Sacramento Blvd #300, Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 826-1230
ggordon@childrens-place.org

Provides Early Intervention (birth - age 3), as well as case management, individual and family therapy and respite services to children with special needs birth - 12 years old and their families. Group therapy and summer programming also available.


Clearbrook Respite Program

Tina Yurik
1835 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-385-2638

Clearbrook’s Take a Break Volunteer Program is the only program in the state to utilize trained volunteers as respite caregivers. Clearbrook provides support to families that live in northern Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. Clearbrook also created the Take a Break in the Afternoon Program that provides supervised support to families waiting to be matched with an in-home volunteer along with families who would like their children to participate in a stay and play program staffed by Clearbrook staff and trained volunteers. Clearbrook’s in-home program provides each family with four hours of weekly respite in their homes.


Community Services Options

6845 S. Western Ave Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 471-4740
Voucher Respite Program for in-home respite. Must have a developmental disability and reside in Chicago. Open to families whoare not already receiving I/DD funded services (i.e. PUNS)


Community Support Services

9021 Ogden Ave. Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 354-4547

Respite@CSSservices.org

Currently only offering respite vouchers in Proviso, Oak Park, Berwyn, and Lyon Townships. Provides home-based respite services to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families (3-hour maximum). Respite services are available to any child or adult with a developmental disability and their family, who lives within their service area. 


Connect PLAY at Lawrence Hall

Renee Lehocky
rlehocky@lawrencehall.org        
(773) 320-1626
Between Albany Park and Lincoln Square on Lawrence

Connect PLAY offers safe and fun, small after school playgroups for children on the spectrum, with caring, expert staff leading activities tailored to each individual child. Let Connect PLAY lighten your load for an afternoon and call for an assessment today.


Countryside Association for People with Disabilities

21154 W. Shirley Rd. Palatine, IL 60074
Contact Brook Lopez: (847) 540-3723

Provides in-home respite care. Serves individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. Service area includes northern Cook and Lake Counties.


El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511
Email: info@elvalor.net

  • Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing 

Respite: Open to developmental disabilities all ages; Services for Spanish-speaking families city-wide and non-Spanish speaking in specific areas on south side; in-home respite to anyone in Chicago City Limits. Parents are able to choose their own respite worker for them to hire. Contact respite coordinator: Claribel 312-997-2022 


Envisions Unlimited

8 South Michigan Ave, Ste 1700 Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 346-6230

Respite Care for families of individuals with developmental disabilities residing in Cook County.


Glenkirk

Nicole Zanon-Tocki
3504 Commercial Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-5111 x613

Program combines home-based services and the supported living services. Services include: HBS Services Facilitator, personal support workers, day services, respite care, skilled nursing, behavioral services, counseling, speech, physical and occupational therapies, transportation, adaptive equipment and accessibility modifications. Eligibility: DD diagnosis; all ages


Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children

17314 Kedzie Ave. Hazel Crest, IL 60429
(708) 335-0020 x3722

Through this program, our agency provides short-term, intermittent care for persons with a diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, or Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities in their natural, guardian or foster family home. Our staff is sent into the family home to provide care for the individual with special needs, as well as any siblings under the age of 18.  This program is funded through the Department of Human Services with no charge to qualified individuals and their families; cannot be receiving PUNS or any other funding. The guidelines for participation in the program include the following: resident of South Suburban Cook County, Northern Will and the Mt. Greenwood/Beverly neighborhoods in Chicago.


Illinois Respite Coalition 

(630) 207-8479
ilrespitecoalition@gmail.com

In every community across the state of Illinois, family members are becoming caregivers for their loved ones, the Illinois Respite Coalition is here to help. The IRC is dedicated to increasing public awareness on the importance of Lifespan Respite. We provide additional support to caregivers across Illinois through referrals to respite providers in their area, trainings for caregivers, and a variety of other resources.


Jill’s House Windy City

Open to all Chicagoland families

224.801.4070 

Jill’s House is a non-profit organization that offers respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities through a weekend adventure program. At Weekend Adventures children (ages 6-17) get to experience an all inclusive camp weekend uniquely tailored to their needs. At the same time, their parents get a weekend to have some much needed rest and relaxation. During the camp weekend our campers are surrounded by onsite medical staff, client care specialists, and one-on-one buddies. Camps happen throughout the year in Lake Geneva, WI and transportation is provided from Libertyville, IL. 


JCFS Chicago’s Sunday Respite Program (Currently not offering due to COVID - families can connect to be added to contact list).

855.275.5237
ask@jcfs.org

JCFS’ respite program takes a supportive and nurturing approach, which enhances a child’s growth and development, while providing parents short-term relief. Current programming includes monthly sessions at JCFS’s west Rogers Park Location. For more information, contact: Roberta Pieta, LCSW, (773) 765-3155


Little City - Respite Program

Virginia Lisy
847-652-2241
vlisy@littlecity.org

Respite workers provide one-to-one care for the client right in their own home. Respite is open to people who are 5 years old and up who lives in Lake, Northern Cook and McHenry counties with an intellectual or developmental disability; individual must be medically stable and not demonstrate significant harm to self or others. Provides relief to family members who care for individuals or when emergencies occur that take care-givers away from the home for short periods. Workers are skilled at promoting daily living skills, offering recreational activities and encouraging appropriate social skills. The amount of hours a family can use Respite services per month can vary. In Home Respite Services are free to the family because of the state grants; cannot be receiving PUNS funding. The family needs to find a worker for their child and Little City will screen and train the worker under the state guidelines. The worker will be a Little City employee.


Little Friends Center for Autism - Respite Program

Held at Krejci Academy:
619 E. Franklin, Naperville, IL 60540
630-204-0224
bpundy@lilfriends.com

Little Friends’ newly added Respite Program offers caregivers time for rest and relief from challenges associated with raising a child with special needs. The program offers multi-week sessions for children with special needs and their siblings featuring indoor and outdoor activities and socialization opportunities. Currently hosted on Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm, serving ages 3- 17 (split into age groups).


Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
4840 W. Byron St.
Chicago, IL 60641
(847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Serving: Metro Chicago, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties.
greerann.hamblet@lsi.org

Respite services provide caregivers with the peace of mind, knowing that when they have an emergency or need a short break, their loved one is provided with care in a licensed, caring facility. Available to all ages. 


Joshin

1-866-866-0345
hello@joshin.com

Respite resource finder; offers assistance in finding a sitter/caregiver for every age and ability.


North Center for the Handicapped

5104 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 777-4111
northcenter@comcast.net

Provides home-based respite care services for children and adolescents with autism. Fifteen hours per month per individual (360/year, resets each year). Can provide respite workers (may be a wait) or provide training to a respite worker of family's choosing. Serves individuals of all ages with ASD, CP, Seizure Disorder, ID, or Downs Syndrome. Serves North Side of Chicago and North Suburbs providing in-home respite. Family can provide own worker but are not required to.


Our Children’s Homestead

387 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563
630-369-0004

Serves individudals with developmental disabilities; offers in-home respite care.


Opportunity House

357 N. California Street, Sycamore, IL 
815-895-5108
info@ohinc.org

Not-for-profit, provides job placement, supported employment, work services, developmental training, special olympics, recreation, residential living, and respite.


Ray Graham Association For People with Disabilities

2801 Finley Rd. Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-620-2222

Provides vouchers to families who provide and train their own respite workers.


Respite Education & Support Tools (REST)

Become a Volunteer Respite Care Worker
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Lisa Esposito, REST coordinator
(630) 397-5656lesposito@restprogram.org

Jenna Olznoi, IL REST program coordinator
(630) 397-5662: jolznoi@restprogram.org

Become a volunteer respite care worker. REST, respite education and support tools, is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The Illinois Department of Human Services has approved the REST volunteer respite worker course for 6.75 CE hours. For more information.


Rockin the Spectrum

Respite Care Services
Elizabeth – 224-538-9736 
rockinthespectrum@yahoo.com
Located in Antioch – They serve, McHenry, DuPage, Cook and Lake Counties

Offering in-home support and care for your loved ones with disabilities, specializing in Autism. Services include: Respite/Care for all ages, Daily Living Skills training/Personal Support Worker, Parents support group and siblings support group. Private pay only.


Shore Community Services

8350 Laramie Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 982-2030
info@shoreservices.org

Respite care services are designed to provide the support necessary to maintain persons with an intellectual or other developmental disability in the least restrictive setting possible, their own home.


Trinity Services, Inc. - Respite Care

301 Veterans Parkway  New Lenox, IL 60451
815-485-8146
dknights@trinityservices.org

A request for services can be filled out HERE or via phone or email 

Respite care for any individual over the age of 3 who has a confirmed diagnosis of a developmental disability and does not currently receive any other funding for in-home supports may qualify for in-home respite. The purpose of Trinity’s In-Home Respite Program is to offer intermittent care for an individual with a developmental disability in the comfort of his or her own home, providing relief to the primary caregiver. Respite hours are determined by client needs, funding, worker availability and location. In-home respite care is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, so there is no cost to families receiving respite. Each qualified participant is limited to 360 hours of respite care per year.


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 863-3803
info@seguin.org

Activities included in the In-Home Respite program are designed to improve the independent living skills of individuals served, and to pave the way for future opportunities to live within the community away from their family home.


UPC - Center for Disability Services

311 South Reed Street, Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 744-3500
cdsil@cdsil.org

Provides in-home and overnight respite care if needed for both children and adults. The Respite Care Program allows a primary caregiver occasional respite by providing families with up to 180 hours of in-home care annually for their family member with developmental disabilities. Must be receiving home-based waiver for services.