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What is Respite?

Respite is a type of support available to families of individuals with developmental disabilities or children with serious emotional disturbance. The word respite means "break" or "relief". Respite care services are designed to offer families the opportunity to take a break from care giving responsibilities.

A respite break can mean an hour to take a walk while the trained respite provider cares for your child or young adult. It is a time for family to engage in activities, run errands, attend meetings, and take part in community events for a period of time. Respite is provided on an intermittent basis to provide the family with a short term break from caring for their loved one with a disability.

Respite Sitter Requirements...

  • 18 years of age.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Sitter will be interviewed and selected by the individual's family.
  • Parents determine the hourly fee.
  • Family will provide training specific to the needs of their loved one.
  • Respite sitters are not employed by Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems.


For further details, contact Stephanie at 989.673.6191.


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