about the rotary home

Who We Are. What We Do

The Ottawa Rotary Home exists to improve the quality of life of caregivers and individuals with disabilities through an approach responsive to individual needs. Respite means something different to every family, and we offer a variety of respite programs for different groups.

Our general admission policy is a child, youth, or adult who has a physical disability or complex medical need. We are a not-for-profit corporation and are a recognized charity with a charitable registration number.  

When caring for individuals, parents and families are our guides.  We strive to create a home-like environment that makes families feel confident that their child or young adult will be well cared for.  And let’s not forget…it has to be fun!! We have over 281 families registered with our respite programs, and we believe that no family should face the daily challenges of caring for a child or young adult with a disability alone.

Children Respite Programs

Our Children Respite Programs are open 7 days a week, 356 days a year (we are closed over the Christmas Break). Children and youth up to their twenty-first birthday, who have a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disability generally restricting their mobility, have access to our Regular Planned Relief program or general respite bookings. We also have a program specifically for children up to their eighteenth birthday, who have a complex medical need and are technologically dependent requiring nursing supports.

Adult Respite Programs

The Adult Respite Program supports adults after the age of 21. Since 2009 over 120 adults have accessed respite at our Leitrim campus . However the program does not have annualized government funding so we rely on fundraised dollars and the generosity of corporate partners who believe in our mission. When your family member stays in our Adult Respite Program, they are supported in a barrier free environment, with qualified,  talented employees who help make this an enjoyable stay for your family member.