Need to catch your breath?
Respite services are designed to free you from the responsibilities associated with your role as a caregiver. Here’s how to access them.
As a caregiver, you assume many roles, and the responsibilities you have are demanding. It’s normal to feel the need to catch your breath at times. Respite allows you to take some time off while a trained person takes care of the person you are caring for in your absence. Whether it is a one-time, regular or even extended respite, the goal is to:
It is important to differentiate between respite and caretaking. Caretaking or presence-supervision is offered by people who monitor, without having received specific training.
In the majority of cases, the request must be made to the appropriate CLSC support coordinator in the region of residence of the person being assisted. The CLSC coordinator handles the evaluation of the needs and necessary documents, and provides the details of the application process. If you do not have an active file at the CLSC, you can register with them.
Some respite services can also be offered by:
Société Alzheimer Rive-Sud. Accueil de jour, répit à domicile et halte-répit. 2017. [in French].
CSSS IUGS. Day Centre. 2020
Observatoire québécois des réseaux locaux de services. Comment rejoindre les personnes âgées en milieu rural? En offrant des services de centre de jour dans les résidences privées. 2010. [in French]
Centre intégré universitaire
de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. Hébergement temporaire. 2020. [in French]
Need to talk?
Contact our Caregiver Support Helpline for counselling, information et referrals.
Every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free of charge.