Respite care volunteers offer quality companionship to a person with memory impairment or a disabling condition so that the primary family caregiver (or other informal caregiver) can enjoy a few hours off to attend to their needs. This has several benefits as it gives the primary family caregiver time:
- To enjoy other activities like lunch with a friend or a walk around the lake;
- To run errands or make appointments without feeling rushed;
- To spend time with other family members.
Respite care providers typically provide respite for 2-4 hours weekly or every other week to their assigned family.
Caring for Someone with Dementia workshops are offered quarterly to support respite volunteers, family caregivers, and professionals. The workshop explores behavioral changes common in people challenged by memory impairment, whether from Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, FTD or other disorders, and reviews tips to enhance communication and accentuate the strengths still with in the person with dementia.
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving takes great care to match a volunteer and family. The Volunteer should feel comfortable handling the Care Receiver’s level of functioning. The Care Receiver should feel comfortable and respected by his/her new Volunteer companion.