Why Overnight Respite at Camp Oakhurst?
Family care givers who are caring for a relative with disabilities in their own home need periodic breaks. They can get one, while the relative with disabilities enjoys a weekend or a week’s stay at Camp Oakhurst. Respite breaks are scheduled throughout the year. See the Calendar section of this website for details.
What Will Happen at Camp?
Respite clients stay in barrier-free heated cabins with age appropriate groups. Care and supervision is provided 24/7 from a caring staff that live on site. Clients will have access to a full program of adapted recreational activities, including trips off camp grounds.
Does My Family Qualify for Respite?
If you live in New York City or New Jersey and have a child (youth or adult) with a physical or developmental disability, including autism, you may qualify for State-supported respite at Camp Oakhurst. Registration starts with an application and includes a personal interview with a Camp professional.
How Long Are Respite Periods and How Can I Get There?
There are separate sessions for children and adults. Registered families receive a yearly calendar of scheduled respite periods. See the Calendar section of this website for more details. Respite sessions vary in length from 3, 4, 5 and 7 days. Some families get to and from Camp Oakhurst on their own, others receive door to door or central site transportation from NYC in lift-equipped vehicles.
What Does It Cost?
Families who qualify for state-supported respite in New York or New Jersey may have limited funding for all or part of a respite session. Others pay a fee that is scaled according to income and family size. Please call the NJ office at 732-531-0215 for more information on fees.
When Should I Apply?
Applications are received throughout the year. Confirmation for a particular respite period depends on space, transportation needs. Call the NJ office at 732-531-0215 or the NY office at 212-533-4020 for applications or download one in the Apply for Services section of this website.