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Respite Services

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides carepartners a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with  Alzheimer's or other related dementia continues to receive care and meaningful engagement in a safe environment. Utilizing respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.

  • Using respite care
  • WNY free community respite social programs
  • Social programming at the chapter office
  • Temporary respite funding through the Caregiver Support Initiative

Using respite care

Caregiving is demanding — and it's normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person living with dementia as well as the caregiver.
Respite care can provide:

  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to 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 programming can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:

  • Interact with others having similar experiences
  • Spend time in a safe, supportive environment

WNY Free Community Respite Social Programs

FREE Monthly community respite programs offer social companionship, meaningful activities, and active engagement for individuals living with dementia. They also provide 1:1 trained volunteer companionship, a safe place to connect with others facing a similar journey, make new friends, and time to unwind. For care partners, these programs offer time to tend to their
own needs.

These programs are typically held once a month for four hours in faith-based communities and/or community centers. The Alzheimer’s Association WNY actively trains all volunteers assisting with the 25+ “Community Social Programs” listed in our program catalog. For more information on these programs and how to get your loved one involved, please contact us locally at 716.626.0600.

Social Respite Programs at the Chapter Office

We offer two free monthly programs held at our office for individuals living with dementia:

1. Pizza Party Game Night

  • Come enjoy a pizza party night here with friends followed by games and fun activities such as trivia, word puzzles, bean bag toss, adult coloring, and exercise. We also have a Licensed Pet Therapist who is a friend of the Chapter that comes in to do fun activities with his trained Therapy Dogs.

2. Memories in the Making Watercolor Art Program

  • The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program offers creative art expression for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Memories in the Making participants create imaginative and colorful watercolor paintings. Most have no prior art experience. The painting process provides an opportunity to engage socially and reminisce about meaningful life moments, individuals or personal interests. Participants share stories about their art. A trained facilitator documents these memories, rekindling communications with family, friends and caregivers.


Temporary Respite Funding 

Funding support from the New York State Department of Health enables the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter to partner with the Offices for the Aging to provide temporary respite relief to families impacted by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Caregivers may choose the type of temporary respite care that is best for their situation. Options may include in-home services, social adult day programs, medical adult day programs, consumer-directed personal assistance or overnight stays in a residential facility. To learn more about temporary respite relief options in your area, contact your local Office for the Aging. 

Allegany County 585.268.9390
Cattaraugus County 716.373.8032
Chautauqua County 716.753.4582
Erie County 716.858.8526
Genesee County 585.343.1611
Niagara County 716.438.3030
Wyoming County 585.786.8833