- General Office & Adult Services
- Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Toy Center
- Wed. 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Mon. & Fri. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Low Vision Services
- Tues.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- For all hours and locations,
visit the About Us page.
Time for Me Respite Care
United Disability Services has been providing respite services in Summit and Portage counties for more than 30 years. In fact, we coordinate a training and referral program, Time For Me, that matches providers with families needing in- or out-of-home respite care. Respite is often a lifeline for families and caregivers who experience the stresses of caregiving on a daily basis. Even a brief time away allows families and caregivers to return renewed, reenergized and better able to care for their loved one.
Respite for Children & Adults with Disabilities
Respite is available to anyone caring for a child or adult with a developmental disability, or a child with an emotional disability as determined by the Summit or Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Summit County Children Services Board.
As the Baby Boomer generation begins to age in large numbers, more and more people find themselves in the position of providing care for an elderly parent or spouse at home. The respite care program provides in-home and out-of-home respite to these families for up to eight hours each month to run errands, visit with friends or go shopping. Candidates for elderly respite care are over the age of 60 with a health impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. Verification from a physician is required.
Pediatric Palliative Care Respite
For many of us the stresses on a family caring for a critically or terminally ill child seem simply unimaginable. But for some families these stresses are all too real. Every moment with their child is precious, but finding the time to spend with other children or time away for themselves, even if for only an hour or two, is equally precious.
It is for this reason that United Disability Services has partnered with the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital to match specially trained Comfort Care Providers to help families during this physically and emotionally exhausting time in their lives. Families need a referral from Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Center to participate in this program. Funding for this program has been provided through a United Way Development Fund Grant and through funds raised by the agency’s annual Donor Campaign.
Interested in Becoming a Respite Provider?
By becoming a respite provider, you’ll be helping to improve the quality of life for others, as well as gain the opportunity for supplemental income with flexible hours. Respite providers must be at least 18 years of age and sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities. UDS will provide training in the areas of CPR, First Aid and Delegated Nursing, as well as other continuing education opportunities scheduled periodically throughout the year.
Background checks are required for all providers. Criminal background checks are also required for anyone interested in providing respite care in their home, including all family and non-family adult residents. Out-of-home providers must also pass a home inspection for safety and accessibility.
The amount of respite available each month varies. For more information or to request an application form, contact us online or call the Community Living Services Department at 330.762.9755