Respite Care

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer's continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.

Emergencies, unplanned situations or unexpected trips can create a need for immediate care by an alternative caregiver. Try providers out in a non-emergency situation, so you're ready if the need arises. Also, talk with people you trust — including family, friends and neighbors — about helping out in an emergency. It's a good idea to have contact information for the person with dementia's medical team as well as a list of all current medications (with dosage and frequency taken) easily accessible at all times.

Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It's a good way for you to take time for yourself.

Respite care can provide:

  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax

  • Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor

  • Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual

Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:

  • Interact with others having similar experiences

  • Spend time in a safe, supportive environment

  • Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs

PLAN AHEAD: RESPITE CARE FOR UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS

It's normal to be apprehensive about trying something new. Common concerns caregivers have about using respite care include:

  • COST: You may be concerned about how to pay for services. Look into financial assistance such as scholarships, sliding scale fees or government programs. Contact your local Awareness Association to learn what kind of financial assistance may be available.

  • RELIABILITY: You may be concerned about the dependability of the aide or service. Our faculty are reliable, well trained, and are certified.

  • GUILT: You may believe that you should be able to "do it all. "Seeking help does not make you a failure. It's important to remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.