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Respite care in Ottawa Region care homes

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Retirement homes and home care services in the Ottawa area offer families an ideal respite from caregiving. Retirement residences are ideally situated to deal with the memory care needs of your aging loved one, and a trial stay in a retirement home is an ideal way to learn more about care options in the Ottawa region. Open your eyes to new possibilities and learn about other means of augmenting care for your aging loved one.

Short stays are a service offered by a variety of homes offering long-term care, memory care and other related care options. These short term stays are also available to those who require convalescence post-surgery or for any other reason. Consult with homes below to learn what care facilities they have to offer you.

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V!VA Barrhaven

V!VA Barrhaven

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 0V2
Ottawa's newest all-inclusive retirement community simply includes more! From a saltwater pool to an incredible golf simulator, our impressive amenities are only matched by our commitment to exceptional care & service.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
Villagia in the Glebe

Villagia in the Glebe

480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6
Residents can choose their choice of suites with views of the Rideau Canal and Pretoria Bridge. Elegant dining, spacious ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and care services to suite all of your needs. Pet friendly.
Forest Valley Terrace

Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
Moments Manor is proud to be the only community that is designed & dedicated to accommodate the needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
Symphony Senior Living Kanata

Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
The Redwoods Retirement Residence

The Redwoods Retirement Residence

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1
Located in West Ottawa, this pet friendly community offers several suite styles, kitchens and balconies. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, 24/7 access to a nurse, a wellness program and a variety of activities and social events. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink in the bistro, or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.
Symphony Senior Living Orleans

Symphony Senior Living Orleans

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8
At this park-like setting, seniors are offered the choice between studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Bring along pets while enjoying a variety of customizable options, including a varied menu and recreational programs.
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
Carleton Place Terrace welcomes pets: offers residents plenty of options with studios and one-bedrooms that may include a kitchenette & / or a walk-out . Activities & chef-prepared meals keep residents healthy & active.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3

Home care services throughout Ontario also offer respite for caregivers of those with dementia.

Some home care service providers are also associated with adult day programs that allow families a few hours away from caregiving. This is another way of taking a respite from caregiving, where senior family members can interact with others in a social setting, under the oversight of professionals.

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Alleviate caregiver strain and learn from professionals

Caregiving of family members with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia is stressful and demanding. If caregivers do not seek help from others, this can lead to burnout. Overtaxing yourself can have negative effects on your own health, can lead to strained relations and other unnecessary negative problems. Professionals in the field caution that it is important for caregivers to monitor their stress and manage it appropriately. 

Respite care offered by professional home care providers or in retirement residences can help alleviate caregivers' stress. When you avail yourself of professional support like that offered by a home care provider or an Ottawa senior's care home listed above, you are opening yourself up to a larger network of care. Many caregivers suffer in silence, failing to properly understand that caring for the elderly is very demanding. It can be a full time job that benefits greatly from professional help.

Those who are trained professionally can administer help with tasks of daily living (ALDs), and will have training in personal control techniques like the Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA). This latter is a training program specifically focused on providing caregivers with a suite of personal-relation techniques. GPA techniques help personal service workers and other care professionals respond in the most positive fashion to typical scenarios arising from caregiving for dementia sufferers. Interaction with, and exposure to those with training in techniques such as GPA, is just one more benefit of getting professional assistance.

There are further advantages to availing yourself of respite care. Professional caregivers will be able to provide you with helpful feedback specific to the needs of your family member. You can share knowledge and understanding, so that all caregivers of your loved one can do the best possible job of providing care. Get a broader understanding of how you're not alone in feeling fatigued and what others have done to work through caregiver fatigue.

When you contact the Ottawa CCAC, you should not that the CCAC defines this type of stay separately from convalescent care.  You can also find Ottawa care homes offering convalescent care stays, a different type of short term stay, focused on helping people recover from surgery or other health care issues. Retirement residences offer many worhtwhile services for seniors and are too often overlooked as an important resource for families and seniors. 


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