Respite is a flexible family support service. The primary purpose of respite is to provide support to the individual and give the primary unpaid caregiver time away from their duties. Respite services include assisting with routine activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, toileting, preparing or assisting with meal preparation, and eating), enhancing self-help skills, increasing social and community awareness; providing opportunities for leisure, play, neighborhood involvement and other recreational and social activities; and providing opportunities for the individual to make their own choices with regard to daily activities.

From the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) Service Standards Manuel - Revised April 23, 2013 & June 15, 2015