Toronto caregivers and families seeking respite care for seniors (often Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers) have several options including the following:
- Home care services hired on an hourly basis offer short term alleviation of caregiver stress
- Adult day programs offer hourly or short-term relief of caregivers, with programs that help seniors exercise their minds and otherwise get dedicated nursing care, along with any other help needed with activities of daily living (ADLs).
- A short stay (even a trial stay) in a retirement care facility presents your loved one with round-the clock care in an environment dedicated to senior care and/or memory care.
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15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto,
Ontario, M9A 0B5
A uniquely luxurious retirement living complex in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Tapestry Village in Etobicoke lets seniors live as they please.
3 Marine Parade Drive, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M8V 3Z5
Hearthstone is a condominium where you own the unit rather than rent the unit. Owning your own suite protects your equity, but you have all the amenities, services and care options of a first tier retirement residence.
2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
148 Markham Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Centre offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
111 Avenue Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M5R 3J8
Luxury and quality is in every corner of Hazelton from its lobby to its inviting Bistro & Bar. Offering amenities and services, Hazelton makes it easy for you to define and enjoy your lifestyle.
33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5G 3G8
Port Credit Residence situated in the Mississauga area offers seniors a luxurious resort-inspired lifestyle. Enjoy an oversized pool, wellness centre, onsite physiotherapy, a movie theatre, library, spa/salon and more!
2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1N 1T5
Part of Scarborough history - located in the Bluffs/Beaches neighbourhood, where the White Castle Inn used to stand. Respite recovery, trial stays and winter retreats are all available, to help meet your wants and needs!
1665 The Collegeway, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5L 0A9
Parkland is located at Mississauga and The Collegeway next to the Glenerin Inn. We are surrounded by beautiful green space. For the past 6 years we've been awarded one of the top 3 Retirement Communities in Mississauga.
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto,
Ontario, M2R 0A8
Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence, set to open in March of 2018, we will offer Full Service Lifestyles & Assisted Living (on as secure floor). Call to reserve your suite today!
877 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Ontario, M4W 3M2
175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 0X7
Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
9700 Bathurst Street, Vaughan,
Ontario, L6A 4V2
Vaughan's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M8X 1X8
Situated in a treed ravine setting overlooking the Humber River, Delmanor Prince Edward provides vistas that vary from the serenity of the adjacent valley to the resplendence of the Toronto downtown skyline!
5575 Bonnie Street, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 0N8
Mississauga's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community. Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5K 2K7
Located in the heart of Mississauga, The Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton,
Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it. Southbrook....be a part of the family.
1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0C6
V!VA Pickering is Durham's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy large suites, great amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great for you and your family! Book your tour today!
Family members often "spell each other off" in a caregiving scenario. However, when you get professional respite care, you get professional help.
There are a number of advantages to this:
- You know that your loved one is being cared for by someone with professional training and an understanding of professional techniques such as the Gentle Persuasive Approach.
- You can learn things from the professional caregiver, sharing knowledge, and learning some simple care-giving techniques that will augment what you are doing on your own, and what you yourself know about your parent or loved one.
Respite care is offered as a service of the Ontario Ministry of Health, and is available by contacting your Local Health Integration Network. Your needs will be assessed by a LHIN representative, and all your options will be fully explained. The LHIN defines this type of stay separately from convalescent care, a service also offered by some residences. Learn more about convalescent care in Toronto.
Homes listed here offer respite care stays
A temporary stay in a retirement home offers some distinct advantages including the following:
- Dedicated care facilities. For Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers, a temporary stay in a retirement home can be well-advised, since care homes are increasingly implementing hall and space design that takes into account the needs of dementia sufferers.
- The social aspect of being in a home is also very healthy.
- Activities and therapies offered by some homes including Brain Games and various other activities that encourage interaction with others and do have therapeutic effects that you may not be able to instill in your own home.
- 24 hour nursing care that includes dedicated assisted care with activities of daily living (ADLs).
Home care services with respite care, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Home care service providers in Toronto offer respite care with a number of important advantages you simply can't find through other means.
These advantages include:
- A social aspect, especially as found in day programs, of which there are several throughout downtown and the rest of the GTA. Social interaction with other seniors can help ease some effects of dementia, for example, and is healthy for a variety of other reasons
- Professionally trained caregiving. In-home personal service workers are certified and professionally trained. They have experience working with other seniors and dementia sufferers.
The Ontario Home Care Association cautions against hiring non-accredited help. Well over half of Ontario families polled are unaware of the dangers of hiring non-professional help; people have hired help based on a too-easy job interview and a few references. Proper caregiving is very difficult and challenging, even dangerous. In many cases, untrained, unqualified people (including family members) are simply not prepared for the difficulties and frustrations of caregiving. In the worst cases, this can lead to unfortunate effects that can include abuse (verbal, even physical). You are well-advised to get professional help instead, and you'll never regret spending a bit of extra money to get respite from professional caregivers.
Respite care for parents or other family members is a wise idea
Respite care can be a much-needed break for caregivers, a time to re-connect with friends and family in a relaxed way. You can also use briefer respite care time to shop, work out or run errands when needed, or just take some time for yourself to do some things you like to do. This is a perfectly reasonable way for you to refresh your strength and energy.
Any expert in this area will counsel you that it is, in fact, smart to take a break so that you can be a better caregiver later, and your loved one can benefit from the best of all possible worlds – availing themselves of tactical professional care when needed while getting loving care from members of their own family. When you "broaden your team" of caregivers, you can learn more from each other and get professional advice from people gaining experience directly with your ailing loved one.
Many others have gone before you, too. Read more about how others have dealt with fatigue, learned lessons and can offer advice to help you deal with caregiving stress.
Mississauga LHIN: healthcareathome.ca/mh/en
Toronto LHIN: healthcareathome.ca/torontocentral/en