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DEFIANCE, O. – Kaitlyn’s Cottage, the region’s first short-term and overnight respite center on a hospital campus, will open its doors Tuesday, June 26 for daytime respite and Friday, June 29 for overnight respite stays.

The standalone 4,500 square foot facility on the ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital campus, addresses the great need for short-term and overnight respite options for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities between the ages of 16 and 40, as well as providing educational and support opportunities for their parents and caregivers.

The new facility has four private bedrooms, activity and dining facilities, and a multi-sensory environment. In addition, staff will be specially trained to care for individuals with special needs and design engaging and stimulating programming tailored towards each individual’s abilities.


“We started this journey 12 months ago, armed with a picture of a proposed cottage and a promise to build it,” says Gary Cates, president, Defiance Regional Hospital. “One year later, this community has supported the project with more than $2 million in donations and we are poised to open the doors.”

Dan and Sharon Farrell, of Defiance, provided the challenge donation, agreeing to match the first $1 million raised in a $2.8 million campaign for the construction of Kaitlyn’s Cottage and the implementation of an endowment to fund operations and scholarships. To date, more than $2 million has been raised.

The Farrells’ gift honors their 17-year-old granddaughter, Kaitlyn, who has Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The facility and its programs are expected to draw families from throughout ProMedica’s 27-county service area, as well as portions of northeastern Indiana and southeastern Michigan.

Anyone interested in using the services at Kaitlyn’s Cottage or who would like additional information about programming and the intake process may contact Frances Diehl at 419-783-4475.

For more information about Kaitlyn’s Cottage or ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital, visit

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