Service: Respite Services

Description & Services
Description (Agency) Wesway provides personalized respite services. Wesway builds community partnerships and promotes inclusion through community development. Wesway envisions a model of respite support services to meet the needs of community with respect and dignity
Description (Service)
  • Provides a flexible range of respite care services for families of children, adults and/or seniors with a disability or chronic health condition 
  • Provides services in the home or out of the home using either staff or volunteers
Host Family Service 
  • Provides periods of respite by welcoming a child or adult with a disability into their home 
  • Includes the individual in their family activities for a few hours, or an occasional overnight, or a weekend
In-Home Service 
  • Carries out the care routines (usually performed by the family caregiver) when the needs of individuals are better met at home 
  • Assists participants in the enjoyment of various activities with a focus on their needs, interests and personal safety
Community Friends Service 
  • Matches individuals with a disability with volunteers who share their time every week or two to enjoy a few hours of social or recreational activities in the community
Respite Home Service 
  • Provides a variety of respite care for individuals in a home-like setting 
  • Engages in daily life routines with small groups of participants and enjoys social and recreational activities tailored to the participants' interests 
  • Offers weekday and weekend services
Family-Directed Respite Funding 
  • Provides funding for respite care to eligible family caregivers who provide ongoing care to a child, adult, or senior living in the District of Thunder Bay 
  • Allows families to use the funding how they choose
This organization is a Registered Charity
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm 
Service hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Kenora District ; Rainy River District ; Thunder Bay District
Boundaries Districts of Thunder Bay, Kenora, and Rainy River along the corridors of Highways 11/17
  • Eligible families are responsible for the ongoing care of a family member who lives with them 
  • Family member must have a disability or a chronic health condition such as a developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder, physical disability, frail condition related to aging, Alzheimer Disease or a related dementia 
  • Specific eligibility is determined by criteria relating to age, diagnosis and location of individuals
  • Can be referred by family caregiver, health, or community service provider 
  • Can be done by telephone or by email at intake@wesway.com
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-623-2353
Toll Free Phone 1-888-623-2353
Fax 807-623-6413
E-Mail respite@wesway.com
Website www.wesway.com
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Leigh Abthorpe, Intake Services Coordinator; Phone: 807-625-6695
Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Fratpietro, Volunteer Resource Facilitator; Phone: 807-625-6691; Email: afratpietro@wesway.com
Primary Executive Daniel McGoey, Executive Director; Phone: 807-625-6688 * 1-888-623-2353 ext 6688; Email: dmcgoey@wesway.com
Site Location South ward
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 1703 Victoria Ave E, Suite 210
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1C8
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Intersection Victoria Ave E and Selkirk St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1973
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS); Ministry of Health and Long Term Care -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Fundraising