Although Respite and life Skills are considered to be separate necessary services offered by the Alberta government, Facilitators of Stepping into L.I.F.E. Inc. recognize the opportunity to teach Life Skills is always present, and therefore, consistently provides life skills to each individual, regardless of the situation or task request. Simply put, Respite, often considered to be a form of “babysitting”, can be enhanced by those willing to provide the time, energy and necessary skill sets for the child or adult they have the pleasure being alongside with. Stepping into L.I.F.E. Facilitators believe that the opportunity for learning is always present. That the need to identify when a person’s optimum learning potential is regardless of whether conducting respite or life skills, it’s the individual approach that continues to make learning enjoyable, allowing the person a stress free activity and other family members, caregivers the occasion for a more healthier life style.
Respite care provides an opportunity for families to recognize and respond to the needs of all family members. Options include hourly, daytime, nighttimes, 24 hours, several days at a time or on a weekly basis. Services also include but are not limited to babysitting, companionship, mentoring, personal care and social recreational programming. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing. It may also reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages.
It is important for any child or adult with any type of physical or mental disability disability to be active and included in community activities with their peers. Community Support Aides allows the child or adult with any limitation to their ability to participate and to have the Aide support they need to participate in social or recreational activities.