Understanding Respite Care

In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, we recognize the nearly 100 million Americans living with neurological diseases.

When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other brain disorder, families are faced with a unique set of unpredictable challenges like memory loss, confusion, and increased agitation or aggressiveness. And often, family members are left feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted.

If you can relate, please know that there is relief out there for you! Here are a few options to consider:

1) In-Home Support

Someone there to help your loved one stay socially fulfilled and engaged, and build a genuine relationship. They might be able to help out in other ways, like:

  • Assist with activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, eating, and meal prep)
  • Handle housekeeping duties like cleaning, laundry, or shopping
  • Help with transportation to appointments and other errands
  • Offer medication reminders and other medical services

2) Adult Day Center

A safe place where your loved one can take part in stimulating activities, like music and art therapy, mental and physical exercise programs, and other fun, social activities.

There are also more specialized outpatient centers for loved ones who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Generally, these programs consist of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, cognitive retraining, and vocational services.

3) Residential Facilities

Overnight care where your loved one lives in a supervised, safe environment. This can be in the form of group homes, long term care facilities, and other specialized units.

For instance, memory care units are designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Residents are typically housed together on their own floor or wing of a larger care facility. Staff are specialized in this type of care, and activities are tailored to memory care.



We’re here every step of the way to do things like help evaluate these options, file applications, map out costs, assist in the hiring process, and above all, make sure you get the respite you need. Click get started to start working with your Care Coordinator today.