Respite care can be provided through community or private organizations. Or it can be arranged through family and friends. Respite services offer care and support to individuals with dementia by providing a temporary reprieve from caregiving and allowing the opportunity to safely leave the care recipients for short or longer period’s time. Respite services afford caregivers an interval of relief by providing time for them to engage in necessary and important functions including but not limited to, social activities, attending appointments, worship services, family commitments, and attention to other personal needs. Respite services are provided by trained professionals who may be volunteers or paid individuals. The services are person-centered to reflect both the cultural needs and level of care of the caregiver and person with dementia. In addition, the primary location for the service is consumer-directed (caregiver’s choice) to reduce the potential for harmful transitions. Locations for respite services include, but are not limited to the care recipient’s home, adult day program, or other residential facility.
If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, you know that caregiving is a hard job. All caregivers need a break at times. Respite can help.