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Our daughter Vanessa is an Ottawa Rotary Home regular guest.  Vanessa has both mental and physical disabilities from birth.  She requires 24 hours constant care.

What an incredible difference discovering the Ottawa Rotary Home has meant to us.  Some of life’s simple pleasures that many take for granted are realized because of the Ottawa Rotary Home…sleep…speaking on the telephone, chatting about your day…these are things that we do not do when our daughter is at home with us.

The Rotary home has changed our lives in ways we could never have imagined.  The Rotary home means that we can spend time together, shop together, have complete conversations together.  It allows us time to connect as husband and wife, connect as parents and children, and visit friends and family freely.

The relief you feel knowing that your child is in a safe place, with highly qualified professionals and great people is an experience that is hard to describe.


My daughter, Sandra, requires 24 hour a day care. She has a tube in her stomach which pumps a special formula directly into her body. She has a bag of emergency medications she carries because sometimes she has asthma, allergic reactions, and seizures. Looking after a young person like Sandra requires superhuman energy, patience and a positive attitude.

Sandra was one of the lucky ones to spend last week at the Rotary Home. I had a wonderful week. A break from the usual gruelling routine. Some parents and families use the time for a little rest and relaxation. But, the reality is, that we all have other pressing responsibilities and obligations to catch up on whenever we can.  Having to care for our own elderly parents who need help. The never ending cleaning and chores and catching up on ordering medical supplies. Other family members needing to be taken to appointments or shopping for winter clothing. Hopefully though, families  will also find time to catch up a little on themselves. This could mean making appointments for our own health care check-ups, going for a massage or just being able to sitting in your favourite chair and enjoy the chance to just do nothing for a few minutes.

– Kathy Arroyo on the benefits of respite care



I just wanted to tell you about my, son, Donald.  He is 21 years old and is looking forward to having a birthday in June.  He still gets excited about that day and the party that celebrates how special he is to us.

On Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, my mother-in-law passed away peacefully.  I called Rotary Home and was told that they weren’t open for respite.  I cried.  The next day much to my surprise Rotary Home, Citizen Advocacy and Service Co-ordination were talking to each other trying to arrange care for Donald so I could travel to Thunder Bay for the funeral.  I was so grateful when I got the good news.  They said, “Everything is arranged.  You can say good bye to Mary Mihalik”.

My family in Thunder Bay were very grateful and happy my daughter and I were able to spend time with them.  If it hadn’t been for Rotary Home making it possible, we wouldn’t have been blessed by our time together.




We are very happy that Nicole considers Rotary Home staff as her second family and she always looks forward to her visits there. We are very grateful and thankful for all the good care and kindness that everyone shows her at Rotary Home.

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