A Home Away from Home…Oak Tree Respite

Who do you turn to when your family member has a disability and your regular support system is not equipped to handle the special needs that come with a disability? Who do you turn to when you need a break from caregiver roles?  The answer is UCP Heartland. UCP Heartland provides that keeps families together.

More than Respite

As a caregiver, you have many competing responsibilities. Do you ever experience caregiver fatigue?  Since 1953, UCP Heartland has been providing individual and family support programs. Oak Tree Respite assists people living with disabilities and their caregivers, helping to keep families together. We are a leader in disability care and filling a special need for clients.

UCP Heartland’s Oak Tree Respite is a unique program offering a home-away-from-home at our fully staffed house centrally located in Webster Groves.  The house features four large themed bedroom suites that include ceiling track, full-body electric Hoyer lift bathrooms.  Adults with developmental disabilities receive support and a safe place to stay while caregivers travel, tend to their own personal needs or have an evening alone. Participants in our program schedule a planned or emergency visit including 24-hour support that includes state-of-the-art assistive devices.

Watch a Video About Our Oak Tree Respite House

The residential support offered at UCP Heartland’s Oak Tree promotes a healthy family. Respite care gives families needed rest and peace of mind while everyone continues living in their natural home.

Program Participants Receive:
Assistance in finding the best funding source
-Personal care assistance
-RN and LPN nursing oversight
-Medication administration
-Nutritious meals and snacks
-Time to relax and unwind
-Community engagement

Hours of Operation:

UCP Heartland’s Oak Tree Respite is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Visitors at Oak Tree Respite receive assistance with personal care, 3 nutritious meals daily, and socialize with other house guests. UCP Heartland offers a 3:1 ratio of guests to staff.


* 100% of the individuals with disabilities remained in their home
* 93% satisfaction with services
* 100% positive impact of the quality of our family life


  • In addition to private pay options, funding is available for eligible families through the following:
  • Productive Living Board for St. Louis County residents with developmental disabilities
  • St. Louis Office for DD Resources
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health

Contact Information

Shawna Hodge
Director, Oak Tree Respite

450 Oak Tree 
St. Louis, MO 63119
(T) (314)-962-0015
(F) (314) 962-4709

Let UCP Heartland be there for YOU and your family.
Individual and Family Supports…Keeping Families Together is Truly More than Respite.