Breaks (Respite) for Caregivers

FamilyMeans is here to support you as you care for someone with a chronic illness, disability or frailty. Taking a break (respite) from caregiving is important.

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.
  • Helps caregivers and care receivers enjoy connecting with others

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 maximum of 4 hours respite. Lengths of respite visits will be determined by the caregiver and Caregiving & Aging Social Worker.

Group Respite:

Caregivers of older adults can also have a break while they person they care for spends time with FamilyMeans staff and volunteers in a group setting. 

Day Out!

Participants enjoy group discussions, creative projects, music, exercise, games, and fun, Volunteers provide personalized attention to each participant.

In-Person Day Out: Weekly on Fridays starting at 10 am 

Virtual Day Out: Weekly on Fridays starting at 1:30 pm 

Night Out!

Participants will enjoy various activities and will be supervised by our volunteers and staff.

In-Person Night Out: Monthly on the 4th Tuesday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 

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. 

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What Else Might be Helpful?

Consider attending a Support Group or trying one-to-one Coaching and Consultation.

Caregiver Companion Cardsprint 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.  

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