Taking a Break


Being a caregiver can impact your health and wellness, as well as your relationships with family and friends. It’s important to take a break. This temporary rest is called respite or respite care. The care provided by a community agency can also be called respite services. This support can be provided in or outside your home and ensures your loved one is being cared for while you care for yourself. 

Find respite in your community:  



A provincial service that helps to connect people to information and services in their community. Information is available in English and French.

*TIP – The easiest way to find information is to use the search fields on the home page. Type respite or respite care where it asks for the topic or organization, and then the city you live in. The search will give you a list of resources in your community that you can call. To speak to a referral specialist in person, you can call 2-1-1 from any telephone.


Call: 2-1-1
Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213
TTY: 1-888-340-1001

211 Live Chat: https://211ontario.ca/chat/

*Live chat service is available Monday to Friday from 7am-9pm ET. 

You can also search 211 directly from our website by using the search form below: 


Caregiver Exchange is a mini-site of thehealthline.ca, a partnership between thehealthline.ca Information Network (a non-profit organization) and the Local Health Integration Networks - Home and Community Care - of Ontario. The site provides information about being a caregiver and resources available in your area. Enter your postal code to display services in your area. There is a section specifically for respite care.



A provincial service provided by the Ontario government that provides information about resources in your community and helps connect families with respite support, both in and out of the home. This website represents respite service agencies that are funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The organization offers a registry where you can register your family. Support workers can do the same.  A Case Coordinator will screen workers and facilitate a connection for you. This service is free of charge and is available in English and French.

*Tip – On the homepage, type in where you live or your postal code for news and events happening in your area. On the left-hand side of the page, click on family registration and complete the registration form. A tutorial is available on the page. Once registered, respiteservices.com will work to match you with a potential worker in your community. You are responsible for interviewing and hiring the Support Worker. Along the left-hand side of the page, you can click on resources to learn about resources in your area.



The Healthline provides information about local services. Enter your postal code on the homepage for a listing of local resources. 



Telehealth Ontario can be reached at: 1-866-797-0000.  

*Identify yourself as a caregiver in order to be directed to the correct resource. Free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.





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