Respite care home opens in Whitehorse

The Government of Yukon has partnered with the Yukon Association for Community Living (YACL) to open a trial two-bedroom respite care home in Whitehorse.

Respite homes provide short-term care for people with a wide range of developmental or physical disabilities, giving their caregivers temporary relief from the emotional and physical demands of providing care. It will be operated and staffed on an on-demand basis.

The home, located in the Hillcrest neighbourhood, is managed and staffed by the Yukon Association for Community Living, with financial and in-kind support from the Government of Yukon.

This new respite home is a great example of collaboration with a community partner that will help improve the lives of Yukon families. It will provide a warm, welcoming home environment for adults with disabilities, while offering a much-needed break to their caregivers. I’d like to thank the Yukon Association for Community Living for taking the initiative and making this project happen.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

We hear from many families that respite is one of the critical factors that helps families to maintain equilibrium when faced with the demands of providing 24/7 care for a family member with special needs. YACL is very pleased to be partnering with Adult Disability Services to provide respite options for Yukon families.

Yukon Association for Community Living executive director Shonagh McCrindle

Quick Facts 
  • Services can be adapted to families’ needs for longer or shorter duration, as well as the type and complexity of respite services required.

  • The Government of Yukon provides annual respite care funding to families through its Disability Services programs.

  • Anyone interested in receiving respite services can contact Megan at YACL at 867-667-4606 or via megan@inclusionyukon.org.

  • The Yukon Association for Community Living was founded in 1964, making it Yukon’s first disability agency.

Contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7449
janine.workman@gov.yk.ca

Patricia Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-667-3673
pat.living@gov.yk.ca

Shonagh McCrindle
Yukon Association for Community Living
867-667-4606
shonagh@inclusionyukon.org

News release #: 
18-237