$1.1M respite funding for caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government announced over $1.1 million in respite funding for caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. Charles Krupa / The Canadian Press/AP

The Saskatchewan government says additional respite funding for caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities will help fill gaps created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Over $1.1 million was announced on Thursday, according to a press release.

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Many respite options, including summer camps, have been closed during the pandemic.

Government officials said this funding allows caregivers to access broader respite options that work in a person-centred or family-focused way during the current situation.

From June to September, this benefit provides $100 per month to pay for respite or respite activities.

“Caregivers are doing tremendous work providing care and support to people with intellectual disabilities during this pandemic — often 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Social Services Minister Paul Merriman in a press release.

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“With increased pressures during this time, they need a break to be able to maintain their supports. This benefit will help with that during the next four months.”

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Approximately 2,800 caregivers will be eligible for these pandemic respite payments, officials said.

Earlier this week, the government proclaimed May 25-29 Disability Service Professionals Week, which celebrates the work that people across Saskatchewan do to provide support to people with disabilities.

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