Rising Treetop at Oakhurst’s overnight respite, after school respite and summer camp services have been significantly impacted of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 20, we suspended our planned overnight respite and after school respite programs through mid-April, and have since extended the suspension of overnight respite services through the end of the 2019-2020 respite season that was scheduled to end on June 3, 2020. We also have since suspended the start of our 2020-2021 respite season until at least February 28, 2021.
At this time, we cannot resume these services because of the current availability and reliability of testing for COVID-19, the lack of a vaccine for our clients and direct care staff, the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our facility with large client populations, and the lack of availability of live-in direct care staff. We will decide on or about January 15, 2021 on whether our 2020-2021 overnight respite season will resume on March 1, 2021 or will be delayed due to the continuing challenges and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please know that the safety and health of our clients and staff is always the highest priority at Rising Treetops. We will continue to work closely with our local public health department and our partners at New York’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and New Jersey’s Department of Human Services to maintain safe and effective protocols to resume our vital services at Rising Treetops.
What follows is our usual overnight respite description (through March 2020 and again after we resume overnight respite services in the future):
Ages 8 and up (separate sessions for children and adults)
Care and supervision is provided 24/7 from a caring and trained staff that live on site. Clients will have access to a full program of therapeutic recreational activities, including occasional offsite trips.
Family caregivers who are caring for someone with special needs in their own home need periodic breaks. They can get one while the individual with special needs enjoys a weekend or up to a one week stay at Rising Treetops at Oakhurst. Respites are scheduled throughout the year and vary in length. See our Calendar for details.
The full fee per session can be adjusted according to family size and income through a limited scholarship program. For individuals who still live with a family caregiver and qualify for state-supported respite services, a portion of fees may be covered. Please contact our New Jersey office at 732-531-0215 for more information on fees and scholarships.
Some clients get to and from Rising Treetops through their families, and others receive central site transportation from Rising Treetops at Oakhurst from New York City in lift-equipped vehicles.
See our Registration section for application and session registration information.