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What is respite care?

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but could lead to negatively impacting the health and well being of the caregiver. Respite care is a type of assistance that allows the family caregiver to take a break from care-giving. This type of care focuses on helping family caregivers recharge, ease their stress, and avoid caregiver burnout.

For the over 28% of Canadians caring for a loved one, respite care allows them to take a break from caregiving. Respite care lets family caregivers recharge, ease their stress and avoid caregiver burnout. Providing assistance to the caregiver allows them to stay healthy, resulting in improved quality of the time they spend with their loved one.

In addition to giving the caregiver a break, respite care can be used when:

Respite care can be provided at home, in a senior’s retirement community or a long term care facility by a family member, friend, volunteer or a home health care service provider.

Examples of respite care services include personal care, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping and escorted trips for shopping, outings or appointments.

How we can help

Whether it’s for a few hours, a few days or even a week, our respite care program can provide caregivers with an extra hand or with some time off to take care of themselves. Respite care can improve the long-term functioning of both the caregiver and the person receiving care as well as prevent crisis situations, including elder abuse.

We understand that each caregiver has unique needs, so our respite care programs are personalized to meet those needs.

To learn more or to get started:

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