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Breaks (Respite) for Caregivers
COVID-19 Update : Our services are currently telephone- and web-based to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers. In-home respite visits are suspended at this time; we continue to be available for personalized support, education, and resources as well as group options. Please contact us - we are here to help.
FamilyMeans is here to support you as you care for someone with a chronic illness, disability or frailty.
How Does Respite Help?
- Gives caregivers some time to themselves, assured that the person they care for is comfortable and safe.
- Provides non-medical companionship, supervision and a friendly new face.
- Reduces the overall cost of care.
Where and When Does Respite Happen?
Regularly scheduled visits are provided at your home by volunteers who are screened, trained and carefully matched and monitored to meet your family's needs. It is typical for the volunteer to come weekly for a period of 2-4 hours.
Caregivers can also have a break while the person they care for spends time with FamilyMeans staff and volunteers in a group setting.
Participants enjoy group discussions, creative projects, music, exercise, games, and fun, Volunteers provide personalized attention to each participant. Day Out! happens every Friday, 10am-2pm, in Stillwater.
How Do I Learn More About Respite?
Please connect with our staff at 651-439-4840 or by using this form to tell us what you are interested in learning more about.
What Else Might be Helpful?
Caregiver Companion Cards, print at home cards that make it easy for caregivers to discreetly share with others that their companion has memory loss, and ask for their patience. These cards are especially helpful at restaurants and grocery stores, but can be used in many different settings.
Explaining what memory loss is to a child can be very difficult. FamilyMeans Caregiving & Aging staff have compiled a list of books that may help.
How much does this service cost?
These services are provided to people of all income levels using a sliding fee scale. No caregiver is denied service because of inability to pay.