Respite Care

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

"I feel my weekends at the LAP house give me some independence."

35-year-old Scott Meyers, who speaks by way of a computer, is referring to the LAP Respite House in Lansing.

"It gives parents a rest so that they can rest their body physically. I have many parents that have children in wheelchairs, and they need shoulder surgery or have back problems," says Judy Wagner of the LAP Respite Center.

Respite is care given by trained professionals to provide relief to the families of those with disabilities -- like Scott, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

"You can't leave him alone or run here or there, because if there were a fire or if he choked, or something like that, he'd have no way to save himself," says his mother Sandy Meyers.

Adds his father Dan Meyers, "He's always here. We're never alone. We never have alone time. The weekends at the respite our our only alone time that we can have together."

At the house, located in South Lansing, up to four people, ranging from children to seniors, can stay every weekend.

"Our main objective is to have everything very home-like. They do the same things they would do at home and that way we don't interrupt their schedule," says Wagner.

Besides the respite home, LAP sponsors in-home care as well as after-school care for fourteen children and adults.

"He just loves to go to get away from us, and it gives us a break from him," says Sandy.

Plus, Scott says, the respite house gives him one other thing to looks forward to.

"When we get new aides I help train them."

LAP Respite Center is holding its fifth annual "Run a Lap for LAP" 5-mile scenic challenge. It's scheduled for Saturday, May 19th at Hawk Island County Park in Lansing. Registration begins at 8am. For more information contact Jerry Smith at 517-694-4822 or

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