Laona M. Kitchen Foundation: What is Respite Care?

What is 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. Respite care can be provided a professional care giver or a friend coming to the house, adult day care and or residential care facilities. 

Respite care can provide:

  • A chance to spend time with other friend and family, or 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

Caregivers often deal with guilt in that they feel that they have to do it all. Seeking help does not make you a failure. It is important to remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.