Improving the quality of life for families caring for children and adults with disabilities, chronic illness or age-related conditions

What is Respite Care?

Respite is the provision of temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic illnesses or the elderly. Planned respite time is a vital part of the continuum of family services intended to reduce family stress, support family stability and minimize the need for out-of-home placements.

Learn more about our services

This four minute video does a great job of showing what respite care can mean for a family. Please watch.

Logo and invitation to A Walk Beyond the Barriers

If you have interest in learning more about our organization and it's mission, joining us for a Walk Beyond the Barriers is a perfect place to start. Our committment is to conduct this one hour session every other Wednesday at either 8:00 am or 11:30am.  You will hear real stories about respite care programs and the benefits they offer to both the client and a family or primary caregiver. To reserve a time and date for you (and a friend) call or email John Stauffer at  517-3726671 ext. 100,

 Upcoming Dates for A Walk Beyond the Barriers

 March 18, 2015 

 April 1, 2015

 April 15, 2015

 April 29, 2015

 May 13, 2015

 May 27, 2015 - Special Event by Invitation 



About Helping Hands Respite Care

With over 25 years of experience, Helping Hands Respite Care (formerly known as LAP Respite Center) has grown significantly in the past few years. In 2011 the merging of an Adult Day Services program, formerly operated by the City of East Lansing, into the care program line-up was a significant turning point.  The Adult Day Services center provides a place for stimulating activity for adults with disabilities or age-related limitations including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s and Dementia, and was a perfect complement to the other care programs offering respite.


The six programs available for families through Helping Hands Respite Care are:

1.            Adult Day Services 

2.            Adult In-Home Care

3.            Child In-Home Care

4.            Weekend Respite House

5.            After School Program

6.            Mainstream Summer Day Camp 

Respite services are available to families living within Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties in Mid-Michigan.  


Show Your Support for Helping Hands Respite Care

Good News Friends and Family! Helping Hands Respite Care has been invited to participate in the annual University Club Community Charity Challenge. We are one of 24 local nonprofits competing to raise funds and friends with $5 votes. Voting begins February 9th and continues thru March 24th.  

Please join with us by voting and sharing the link to the voting website with your friends, family and contacts.  Here is the link:  

Look for the Big Banq-Quet logo, click on it and then watch for our Helping Hands Respite Care logo to begin voting.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!