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Family Directed Respite Funding

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Family Directed Respite Funding is available to eligible family caregivers who provide ongoing care to a child, adult or senior living in the City and District of Thunder Bay. Family caregivers decide how they would like to receive their respite and Wesway pays for the approved costs. Families are able to use the funding in a variety of ways.

Wesway takes the approach that families know best when it comes to the frequency, duration and type of break they need. Respite can occur:

  • In the family home
  • Out of the home
  • Daytime, evenings, weekends (including overnight)
  • From a few hours a day to much longer periods of time
  • Through community activities
  • In an emergency
  • For short vacations

Respite care can be provided by:

  • A trusted friend or neighbour
  • A recognized community recreation group or activity program
  • Purchasing additional service from another organization which already provides support to the family


For families in the City of Thunder Bay and to the east who use Family Directed Respite Funding, Wesway uses an online tool called Respiteservices.com. This website is helpful in matching families with independent contractors who are available to provide respite.

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Families may contact us directly to request respite services or be referred by other community agencies. For more information or to make a referral, please call Leigh Abthorpe or Renata Dabrowski @ 1-807-625-6695 or toll free @ 1-888-623-2353, Ext 6695 or email intake@wesway.com.


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