For those unfamiliar with the concept of respite, respite care is a family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves. The benefits of Community Living Atikokan’s respite supports include expanded opportunities to build new relationships, the opportunity to experience alternative environments, promotion towards independence, and involvement in a structured, interactive, home-styled environment.