What is respite?
Respite provides relief to those who care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Time away from caregiving responsibilities is essential to their own well-being and allows them to refresh and recharge their batteries, reduce caregiver stress and can help ensure that those with Alzheimer's remain at home at long as possible.
Overview of our Social Respite Program
Over the past decade, the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter's respite program has grown and expanded. The chapter's social respite programming is run by carefully selected and trained chapter volunteers and staff members. Two types of respite services are offered: in-home respite, which takes place in the clients home, and group respite, which is conducted in a safe group setting in the community.
NEEDED: In-home Respite Volunteers. Volunteers for in-home respite program will receive thorough training to help them provide companionship and simple recreational activities for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia for a few hours every other week. Our Director of Respite Services will work closely with volunteers to ensure a good match for both the volunteer and the client, and will accompany volunteers on their first visit to a client's home. Dedicated and compassionate individuals interested in joining our respite services team should call the WNY Chapter at 1.800.272.3900 to learn more about joining our group of selfless volunteers.
The first step toward receiving respite is simple--call us! You can reach the Chapter at 1.800.272.3900. During this first call, a chapter staff member will discuss the requirements for our respite program, and then they will set up a time to meet with you and your loved one with dementia for an assessment. During the assessment, the chapter staff member will assess the person with dementia's ability to participate in social activities, conduct a safety assessment of the home if in-home respite is being considered, and make recommendations on care planning, including respite services, if appropriate.
There are some restrictions that may prohibit your loved one from being accepted into the respite program such as exhibiting combative, violent or self-destructive behavior. Also, respite volunteers cannot provide personal care or housekeeping services, so those with dementia who are incontinent may not be eligible for the program.
In-home Social Respite Program
Our trained respite volunteers come to your home to spend time with your loved one for a few hours every other week. Volunteers provide in-home socialization, supervision and meaningful activity for the individual with dementia. This can include reminiscing about the past, listening to music, playing a game, going for a walk, reading aloud, participating in a craft, etc. The cost for in-home respite is $10 or less per visit and is based on income.
Social Group Respite Programming
Our social group respite program allows the person with dementia to exercise their independence and connect with new friends while participating in group activities, and it gives their caregiver some free time to meet with friends, go shopping or to do things around the house. This respite is conducted in a group setting with several respite volunteers and individuals with dementia in a safe location in the community.
Additional Respite Services
Respite services are or can be provided during select programs and services the chapter offers such as educational classes and our Symposium. To find out if respite can be provided during a program or service you would like to attend, please call the chapter at 1.800.272.3900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you would like to view a list of respite service providers within our community, please visit our WNY Service Providers page.