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Respite Database Service



What is respite? 

Respite has been traditionally defined as a “short break” for caregivers of persons with disabilities. Recently, respite has evolved to allow respite workers to mentor individuals and assist them with socialization and increase their participation in the community. 

Database Information 

Autism Nova Scotia is operating a Respite Database in the Halifax Area where families can connect with trained respite workers and other respite services. These respite workers have been screened via a background check, a vulnerable sector check and a child abuse registry check. In addition, they have their first aid certification and have been provided with respite training. The database is similar to respiteservices.com that is used in Ontario and has been successful since 2007. The database has cross (dis)Ability applications, but to begin, the service is exclusive to families caring for individuals with autism. In the future, it is our hope that it will expand to assist individuals with any (dis)Ability and will be available across Nova Scotia.​ 

Who are we looking for? 

·         Families living in the Halifax Area who care for children, youth, and adults with a disability and are in need of respite support. 

·         Individuals living in the Halifax Area who have experience or are looking to gain experience supporting children, youth, and adults with a disability.

The Next Step

For Families:

If you are interested in being connected with a respite worker you can:

·         Contact Melissa Myers, Respite Coordinator at Melissa.Myers@autismns.ca or 902.446.4995 Ext. 33

·         Complete the online application by completing the following steps:

1.       Go to www.respiteservices.com              

2.       Select Nova Scotia as your community region from the drop down menu

3.       Select CHAP Program

4.       Select Family

5.       Select Online Family Registration

6.       Select Nova Scotia

7.       Complete the online application

·         Go straight to the application click here

Melissa will contact you within 2-3 business days.

For Workers:

If you are interested in becoming a respite worker you can:

·         Contact Melissa Myers, Respite Coordinator at Melissa.Myers@autismns.ca or 902.446.4995 Ext. 33

·         Complete the online application by completing the following steps:

1.       Go to www.respiteservices.com              

2.       Select Nova Scotia as your community region from the drop down menu

3.       Select CHAP Program

4.       Select Worker

5.       Select Online Worker Registration

6.       Select Nova Scotia

7.       Complete the online application

·         Go straight to the application click here

Melissa will contact you within 2-3 business days.