Respite at True Friends provides a unique weekend away for participants and a short period of rest for caregivers.
Who can participate?
Individuals ages five and up with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. We offer services at 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4 and higher care ratios. All applicants are screened by our respite department for appropriate placement.
What should I expect?
True Friends staff provide support, encouragement, guidance and supervision to ensure respite participants have a safe and meaningful experience. Qualified food service professionals can prepare meals and work to match special diet needs. Please contact our respite department to determine if we can meet specific diets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are provided.
Many of our staff are human service professionals or individuals studying to receive their degree. We work to match our participants to staff to enhance each individual’s experience.
Our health care staff are trained medical professionals or individuals studying to receive their degree as well.
They are trained in medication administration, assistance with medical equipment for meals and numerous medical devices.
Due to staffing issues True Friends may have to cancel sessions at times for participants. We are working very hard to ensure that this does not happen on a regular basis and that an appropriate amount of time will be given for notification.
Early registration is the key to securing your preferred respite weekends! There are capacity limits for each care ratio for each weekend. To better support all individuals in need of respite services we have moved to a trimester registration confirmation process. We have made this decision to provide a better experience for families and care givers. We understand this can also be a challenge while planning summer and end of the year vacations. If you have any immediate concerns please contact our Director of Respite Services at 952-852-0101 ext. 460.
Check-in Friday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Check-out Sunday from noon – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday Respite is available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our services are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services 245D License. True Friends will continue to receive payment from 245D licensed waivers and CDCS. This includes, but is not limited to, the following waivers: CADI (Community Access for Disability Inclusion), CAC (Community Alternative Care), DD (Developmental Disabilities), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Questions about paying for respite? Please call our office and ask for respite registration.
Questions about respite programs and staffing? Please contact our Director of Respite Services at 952-852-0101 ext. 460.
In an attempt to meet the immense need for respite care, our registration process allows new users space in our program. We consider requests for specific weekends, but this means you will likely not receive confirmations of enrollment in all of the weekends you request. For more detailed information regarding registration, please follow the link above.