Respite Program

What is Respite?

When caregivers hear about respite care, they might just be too busy in their daily lives to take the time to find out more about it. But respite care is nothing complicated — it’s simply relief from caregiving duties when you’re looking after a loved one who requires frequent, monitored care.

Pioneer Center’s Respite Program offers the parents or caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability, cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy a reprieve from caring for their loved one.

Respite Types

There are two ways this program can be used:

  • In-Home Care

A voucher system where the caregiver chooses their own respite provider for in-home care who they pay directly.  The parent or legal guardian is then reimbursed through Pioneer Center if eligible for funding.

  • Outside Activity

Utilizes local agencies to send loved one to activities of choice while the caretaker tends to their personal needs. These options include activities through NISRA and local park districts, horseback riding, swimming, day camps, music lessons, karate lessons and more.  Pioneer Center pays the organization that is providing the service directly or reimburses the parent or caregiver for the activities if they have already paid.  (Activities must be verified as eligible for funding to qualify for reimbursement.)

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Our CARE Program offers parents and/or caregivers the opportunity to bring their child or adult to a five-hour program full of activities based on their loved one’s specific needs and interests. Center-based activities include arts and crafts, music, dance, videos and more.

Staff ratio is based on the participating individual’s needs. All participants should bring a sack lunch. We request that all medications be administered prior to the start of the program or after the conclusion of the program if possible. This is a great opportunity for families and caregivers to get a much-needed break!

Programming is located, on a rotating basis, at our two campuses:

Woodstock—101 S. Jefferson St. Woodstock, IL 60098

McHenry—3941 W. Dayton St. McHenry, IL 60050

Dates: Once a month on either Saturday or Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $60 per day

Pre-registration is required!


This program made possible, in part, through funding provided by the McHenry County Mental Health Board.