About Us - Northern


“respitens.ca working together to facilitate respite options that empower individuals with differing abilities and their families to lead active and rewarding lives.”


“Creating Community Connections”

The guiding principles of respitens.ca are:

  • To develop a comprehensive respite system in Nova Scotia
  • To develop and maintain a coherent access process for families of children and adults requiring respite options.
  • To facilitate respite options for individuals that match their identified needs.
  • To work closely with service providers to advocate for appropriate service options to meet the needs identified.

Respite care is a family support service that promotes active living and provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves.

Respite Coordinator

There is a Respite Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Northern Region arm of respitens.ca. They will assist families in developing a respite plan to meet the needs of their children with developmental disabilities. They will provide families with information on respite services available within the province of Nova Scotia. Short-term coordination will be provided in order to overcome barriers to respite for these individuals.

Respite Program Database

The Respite Program Database is an integral part of respitens.ca. The Respite Program Database aims to recruit a large base of workers interested in supporting persons with a disability to provide meaningful respite opportunities through community based options.

Information and links include:

  • Respite service providers and respite options
  • How to access respite services in local communities
  • Events and training opportunities
  • Funding sources
  • How to connect with workers and families through the Respite Program Database

Funded and Supported by: Highland Community Residential Services.

Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) is dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities or mental health challenges.

Contact Infomration

Amanda Smith-Robinson - Respite Coordinator

Phone: 902-755-8217

Email: nrrs@hcrsweb.ca

Hilary Amit - Executive Director

Phone: 902-752-1755

Email: hamit@hcrsweb.ca

Highland Community Residential Services
115 MacLean Street
2nd floor
New Glasgow NS<
B2H 4M5