Eagle Valley

Carson City, Nevada (Caron, Lyon, Douglas and Washoe Counties)

Rising Star:

Eagle Valley Children’s Home Respite, established in 1985, began by serving four caregivers of children with disabilities, and through “word-of-mouth” in this rural area, has grown over the years to serve more than 50 families, with more than 30 families on a waitlist for services. Respite is provided in-home, and care recipients never age out of services. Siblings are also cared for to allow caregivers a short break from all caregiving responsibilities, and emergency respite requests are accommodated when needed. Respite is at minimum four hours weekly for each family, with additional hours provided when possible. More than 8,000 respite hours were provided to families last year. Staff members are trained to address the behavioral, physical adaptations and supports, as well as the technological needs of care recipients. Case notes are maintained and reviewed and inform changes when needed in care, and staff endeavor to tailor services to family needs based on family survey data. Some staff members have been with the organization as long as 26 years and have moved into leadership positions within the organization.