Supporting and Assisting Families
The Meridian Services Respite Program provides care for people with developmental disabilities or related diagnoses in a licensed foster care home on weekends, holidays, vacations, or during times of emergency. The goal is to support and assist family members who need time away from the care they normally provide. A full range of services will be provided by trained Meridian staff members upon request of the consumer or team.
Services include 24-hour supervision, care, medication administration, behavior management, socialization and recreation with an emphasis on community integration.
Those Whom We Serve
The people served by Meridian’s respite care program are people with developmental disabilities and related diagnoses living in the surrounding community. The people can be of any age and may also be served by our In-Home or Semi-Independent Living Services programs.
Children and adults will be provided with respite services on separate schedules. Referrals may come from any interested party.
Respite dates may be coordinated to meet the needs of different ages and ability levels or interests.
When ongoing respite services are initiated, the consumer’s team meets to formulate a plan that identifies needs, determines how they will be met, and evaluates the staff-to-consumer ratio needed. There are a limited number of full weekend respite slots per month, with the majority of respite stays scheduled on a Wednesday through Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening through Wednesday schedule. The respite stays are either 3 or 4 nights. Scheduling will be done quarterly.
Parents provide transportation to and from the respite site on arrival and departure days. During the respite stay, staff will transport consumers to and from their schools and work or will arrange for other appropriate transportation.
To a large extent, the respite stay will be structured to replicate the familiar routines of the family home. Individual interests will play a significant role in planning for the respite stay. Community recreation and leisure activities will be the focus of the respite services.
Meridian Services’ “Eidelweiss” Respite Home
2836 132nd Avenue
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448