Programs & Services: Sarnia-Lambton

Caregiver Respite

Caregiver Respite

At some point in our lives most people find themselves in the role of caring for an aging parent or spouse.  While it is a privilege to care for our loved ones it is also tiring and stressful.  Many caregivers find themselves without enough of their “own” time to complete banking, shopping, or attend to their personal needs.  VON volunteers in the Caregiver Respite program will spend quality time with clients each week so caregiver time away can be worry free.  

The Caregiver Respite program is free of charge. Volunteers are matched with clients after a Coordinator assesses the needs and interests of the client and the caregiver. They may visit in the home, go for a walk or even out for a cup of coffee if that is appropriate for the client. The volunteer is not coming to do work for the client but to be a friend and to give the caregiver a break. Volunteers who visit clients with dementia complete a training program before they are matched.  

This program is ideal when clients cannot be left alone but is also helpful when clients are in the early stages of dementia and are still living alone. Self-referrals and referrals from all other sources are welcome. Volunteers are carefully screened before being matched with a client.

Give us a call at 519-542-2310!