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Respite Care

Breaks for Caregivers (Respite Care)

FamilyMeans is here to support you as you care for someone with a chronic illness, disability or frailty.

Respite definition: RE·SPITE, res-pet

   1. a temporary break from the responsibilities of providing care.

   2. an interval of rest or relief.

How Does Respite Help?

Where and When Does Respite Happen?

In-Home Respite:

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.

Group Respite: Day Out!

Day Out! Meets every Friday from 10am-2pm in Stillwater. Participants enjoy group discussions, creative projects, music, exercise, games, and fun, Volunteers provide personalized attention to each participant.

Saturday Connections

This program for caregivers and the person they are caring for to enjoy time together, connect with others and share a family-style lunch. The program takes place the second Saturday of each month at FamilyMean's Cimarron Center in Lake Elmo from 10am - 1pm. At Saturday Connections, caregivers take a break from their normal routine while FamilyMeans' staff and volunteers facilitate meaningful activities and lunch.

$40 for both participants. Scholarships are available.

Cimarron Center, 873 Lake Elmo Avenue N, Lake Elmo, MN 55402


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. 

How much does this service cost?  


Caregiver support services are provided on a sliding fee scale.  No caregiver is denied service because of inability to pay. 


Is It Time To Get Help?

Take a quick online assessment to learn more about your care needs, and which options are the right fit for you. 

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