Independent Living Program
This program supports participants in exercising acceptable standards of safety and good judgement in an independent living setting. Varying levels of assistance are offered, depending on the needs of the individual. These may include help with money management, medical concerns, social and practical skills, encouragement and advice.

Small Option Homes – Adults
A home in which one to four adults challenged with a disability reside in the community with the assistance of qualified staff who work shifts.

Small Option Homes – Children
A home for one to four children whose disabilities make it impossible to live in their family home. They are cared for by qualified staff who work shifts.

Respite Program

What services does the Western Region Respite Program provide?

The Respite Services Coordinator, upon completion of a home visit, assists families to locate Independent Respite Contractors that are willing to provide respite services to the family.

The Independent Respite Contractors have all completed a screening process and indicated interest in one or more of the following programs:

Benefits of Respite

Why use respite?
Who benefits?

The family benefits by:

  • Receiving stress relief
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Enhancing family functioning and coping skills
  • Reducing requests for residential placements
  • Improving attitudes towards the child
  • Allowing more time for other members of the family

The child benefits by:

  • Learning social skills
  • Maintaining and enhancing his/her quality of life
  • Developing life skills
  • Participating in recreational activities
  • Having a chance to learn and enjoy new experiences

Who Can Use These Services?
Families caring for children/youth (birth to eighteen years of age), who require extraordinary amounts of care and supervision due to a mental/physical disability or illness, qualify to receive these services.The family must reside in one of the following counties:

  • Annapolis
  • Digby
  • Hants
  • Kings
  • Lunenburg
  • Queens
  • Shelburne
  • Yarmouth

Ind. Respite Contractor

What is an Independent Respite Contractor?


An Independent Respite Contractor is a self-employed individual. He/she provides respite services to families who are looking for a break from the stress involved in caring for a child who has a disability.

Independent Respite Contractors may provide services in his/her home, the home of the child, out in the community or in YACRO’s Respite House. Regardless of the location of the services, he/she is in charge of and completely responsible for the care of the child.

Independent Respite Contractors take direction from the parents, guardians, and/or social worker of the child.

Independent Respite Contractors are NOT employees of YACRO

Independent Respite Contractors are NOT covered by Workers’ Compensation. Should an injury occur, the Independent Respite Contractor is totally responsible for him/herself. Independent Respite Contractors are working for the families using their services. Independent Respite Contractors are also responsible for reporting any and all of their income to Revenue Canada.

For more information on being an Independent Respite Contractor,
follow the link below :

Guidelines for Independent Respite Contractors

For more information/to apply: