Improving the quality of life for families caring for children and adults with disabilities, chronic illness or age-related conditions

This four minute video does a great job of showing what respite care can mean for a family. Please watch.

Flipping Burgers or a Job with Real Meaning?

Being a direct caregiver to serve a family with a child or adult with disabilities requires much more training than Burgers and Buns University!  It requires a person with heart, compassion, and loyalty and the willingness to participate in a comprehensive training and preparation process.  You will be fully prepared to earn the position of trust within a family environment and to assist a family by competently caring for their most fragile member.  Being the professional caregiver for a family means you are providing assistance in two ways…direct to the client and at the same time offering the family caregiver the time to take a break to refresh and rejuvenate. Learn more at our Job Opportunities page.  





















What is Respite Care?

Respite is the provision of temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic illnesses or the elderly. Planned respite time is a vital part of the continuum of family services intended to reduce family stress, support family stability and minimize the need for out-of-home placements.

About LAP Respite Center

LAP Respite Center was originally established as a 501(c)(3), private, nonprofit agency providing lifespan respite services for families who care for children or adults with disabilities; and later expanded to serve those coping with chronic illnesses or age-related conditions. In 2012 there was merger between LAP Respite and ALFA, which stands for Active Living for Adults.

Prior to the merger, the City of East Lansing sponsored ALFA for 12 years through the Parks and Recreation department. This merger was a great match since our service profiles were so similar, and as a result we have created a much stronger mission-based organization serving more together than we ever did apart.  

The mission of LAP Respite Center is to enhance the quality of life for family members and caregivers of individuals affected by life altering conditions due to disabilities, chronic illness or the risk of abuse or neglect by providing a wide-range of high quality, accessible and affordable life-span services.  

Respite services are available to families living within Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties in Mid-Michigan.