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Lakeside Respite gives caregivers a break to take care of their own needs while providing fun, enriching activities for their loved ones. With stays for as little as four hours and as long as two weeks, respite is perfect for a doctor’s appointment, a night out, a weekend away or a vacation. 

Unlike traditional respite services that take place in your home, OE’s Lakeside Respite offers services on-site, with frequent outings in the community. This arrangement empowers the people we serve to develop independence, socialize with peers, and experience activities throughout the region. 


Lakeside Respite is housed in our brand-new Markiewicz Center, an 18,000 sq ft facility built around the needs of respite users. With areas for children and adults, Lakeside Respite has something for everyone. 


Additionally, with secured doors, Hoyer lifts to safely assist those in wheelchairs, well-trained staff and 24-hour support, families can feel confident their loved ones will be safe and happy. 


Lakeside Respite is also equipped with a fully accessible Barbara White treehouse, giving our clients new experiences while reaching new heights!

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Caregiver Benefits

  • Time to care for their own needs, whether going to the doctor, having a night out or going on vacation! 

  • Opportunities to spend time with other family members or friends 

  • Worry-free confidence that your loved one is receiving the best care while having fun 


Guest Benefits

  • Activities that build strong & meaningful relationships with peers 

  • Community outings at places like the movies, the park, the fair, and more 

  • A Snoezelen multi-sensory therapeutic room for guests to relax 

  • Increased personal development skills and independence 

Peggy, Darryl and Tyler are one of our many families that utilize our respite service. Check out how their journey to respite began here.

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Payton Summers

Family Resource Specialist

219-464-9621 ext 261

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Walter Lenckos

Senior Director of Respite Operations

219-464-9621 ext 443

Suja Pati

Suja Pati

Program Director

219-464-9621 ext 345

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