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Respite Services

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides care partners a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer's or 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

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 one-to-one 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. For information on these in-person programs, please call our local care consultants at (716) 626-0600 ext. 313 during normal business hours.

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