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When families or seniors require respite care, retirement homes and home care services are there to help. Temporary living arrangements in a care home — complete with care services and an environment staffed with nursing and medical staff — offers caregivers a break. A brief period of rest offers relief to caregivers who may be only seeking a break or getting out of town for a short period of time. Short term stays are a valuable service offered by retirement residences; stays can range from a 24-hour short stay to a term of several months in a care home. Home care services can also be used to allow caregivers some time away.

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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
Wildpine Retirement Residence

Wildpine Retirement Residence

10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1C6
At Wildpine, our staff ensure you get the highest level of care and service possible. We strive to provide the best service at the lowest prices, because money shouldn't stand in the way of worry free retirement!
Tapestry at Village Gate West

Tapestry at Village Gate West

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.
The Village of Humber Heights

The Village of Humber Heights

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.
The Village of Riverside Glen

The Village of Riverside Glen

60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
The Village of Erin Meadows

The Village of Erin Meadows

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.
The Village of Arbour Trails

The Village of Arbour Trails

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
The Village of Winston Park

The Village of Winston Park

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
Forestview Retirement Residence

Forestview Retirement Residence

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!
Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
V!VA Pickering

V!VA Pickering

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!
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence

Canterbury Place Retirement Residence

1 Canterbury Place, North York, Ontario, M2N 0G7
Canterbury Place offers a variety of suites styles in an elegant condo-like building for active adults & those needing assistance. We offer a unique healthcare program for our residents including palliative care.
V!VA Thornhill Woods

V!VA Thornhill Woods

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!
Courtyard Gardens

Courtyard Gardens

7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2
Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.
Trinity Lodge

Trinity Lodge

1111 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4C9
Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence combines the elegance & style of a fine traditional hotel, with the security & warmth associated with senior living. Homecare staff is available 24/7 to give you support when needed.
Legacy Senior Living

Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Southbrook

Southbrook

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.
Queenston Place Residence

Queenston Place Residence

6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 7E3
This Niagara Falls retirement home features local activities and scenery in a luxury environment offering a comfortable lifestyle, care and peace of mind.
Balmoral Place

Balmoral Place

8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place offers a wide variety of programs, amenities and suite types to meet the needs of both independent residents as well as those individuals requiring additional assistance.
Wellings of Corunna

Wellings of Corunna

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0
Opened May 2017- Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0W7
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence offers full service including meals, housekeeping, active adult, independent and assisted living. Our focus is on maintaining good health, great food, new friends & lots of laughter!
Sifton - The Westhill

Sifton - The Westhill

25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6
The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.
Harmony Hill Retirement Community

Harmony Hill Retirement Community

1335 Benson St, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0W6
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as the full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living community.
Sifton - The Erinview

Sifton - The Erinview

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.
Kingsbridge Retirement Community

Kingsbridge Retirement Community

950 Centennial Drive, KINGSTON, Ontario, K7M 0G8
Experience vibrant senior’s living - a world of choices, beautiful architecture, caring people and a diverse program of activities and services. Choose Kingsbridge Retirement Community. See how great life can be!
Parkland on the Glen

Parkland on the Glen

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.
White Cliffe Terrace

White Cliffe Terrace

1460 Highway #2, Courtice, Ontario, L1E 3C4
This award winning Oshawa retirement home is near parks and shopping, offering spacious seniors' suites and the option of assisted living care.
Granville Gardens

Granville Gardens

1550 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3
Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.
The Heritage

The Heritage

3630 Brown rd, west kelowna, British Columbia, V4T7Y9
The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.
Delmanor Northtown

Delmanor Northtown

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5
Delmanor Northtown is an exceptional hotel-style retirement residence in the heart of North York that offers a variety of luxury amenities.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
Retirement Suites By The Lake

Retirement Suites By The Lake

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!
Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
V!VA Mississauga

V!VA Mississauga

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!
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.
Thornebridge Gardens

Thornebridge Gardens

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2
Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!
The Richmond Retirement Residence

The Richmond Retirement Residence

175 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 4Y8
The Richmond, combines an affordable lifestyle with comfort, security and friendly full service. You will feel a sense of warmth and know you are home the minute you walk in the door.
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.
Allandale Station Retirement Residence

Allandale Station Retirement Residence

357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4C9
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, you can be the first to choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
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.
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.
Crown Ridge Retirement Residence

Crown Ridge Retirement Residence

106 Crown Street, Trenton, Ontario, K8V 6R3
Located on the east side of Trenton in a quiet neighbourhood. Enjoy beautiful suites of various sizes & layouts with advanced safety features. Elegant dining plus snacks & beverages included.
New Horizons Tower

New Horizons Tower

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.
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.
Delmanor Prince Edward

Delmanor Prince Edward

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!
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.
Aberdeen Gardens

Aberdeen Gardens

330 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4L6
Aberdeen Gardens is a non-profit, full service retirement residence, that offers exceptional care around the clock. Here, you will feel safe and secure.
The Roxborough Retirement Residence

The Roxborough Retirement Residence

1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2P8
You'll feel warmth as soon as you walk through the door. The Roxborough Retirement Residence is both elegant and cozy with a dedicated and caring staff that go above and beyond for your well-being and happiness.
Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5
Dorchester Terrace offers area seniors a variety of suite choices, wellness support services, medication administration, housekeeping services, physiotherapy and daily dining in an open restaurant-style dining room.
Credit River

Credit River

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.
McCowan Retirement Residence

McCowan Retirement Residence

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.
The Elden of Bradford

The Elden of Bradford

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2
The Elden is now open, bringing a fresh approach to retirement living. This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-Retirement Living.
Four Elms Retirement Residence

Four Elms Retirement Residence

1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4H6
Four Elms is an elegant retirement residence, offering the finest in senior living. Choose a suite style that's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
Bramalea Retirement Residence

Bramalea Retirement Residence

30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4G3
Enjoy the luxury of a new community with the conveniences of home, including 3 freshly prepared meals, medication management, 24 hour supervision and a variety of activities.
Sifton - Richmond Woods

Sifton - Richmond Woods

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, with 130 suites plus a variety of extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living.
Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence

Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence

5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2N9
Cavendish Manor is within walking distance to the Majestic Niagara Falls, the vibrancy of which can be felt within the walls of our charming retirement home, where a friendly community of seniors live in harmony.
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

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.
Shepherd Terrace

Shepherd Terrace

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.
Lake Bonavista Village

Lake Bonavista Village

11800 Lake Fraser Drive, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8
Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
Port Credit Residences

Port Credit Residences

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!
Scarborough Retirement Centre

Scarborough Retirement Centre

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.
River Road Retirement Residence

River Road Retirement Residence

4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 3E6
Enjoy the warmth & personal touch of a private residence combined with the services & amenities of an upscale all-inclusive resort. We Overlook the Niagara River & are located close to Niagara’s downtown tourist area.
Delmanor Elgin Mills

Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community over the past 15 years.
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

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.
Manotick Place Retirement Community

Manotick Place Retirement Community

1145 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 0G8
Manotick Place is situated in the heart of picturesque Manotick right on the Rideau River. We are an ideal choice for individuals who wants to embrace all that life has to offer.
Wintergreene Estates

Wintergreene Estates

4950 Pasqua Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
The Meadowlands Retirement Residence

The Meadowlands Retirement Residence

1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5
The number one retirement community in the Ancaster and Hamilton Area. The Meadowlands offers personal choice in living accommodations, dining, recreation, social and personal services. Make the most of your retirement years at The Meadowlands Retirement Residence.
Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, a short drive north of Toronto, is conveniently close to major highways and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
Sifton  - Longworth

Sifton - Longworth

600 Longworth Road, London, Ontario, N6K 4X9
Voted London's Best Retirement Residence seven years running! We promote our passion for seniors living well by offering choices for an active, wellness focused lifestyle with the security of knowing help is at hand.
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence

Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence

45 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 5Y1
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence offers the perfect mix of old fashioned hospitality & an atmosphere that is full of excitement and vitality. Truly inspired senior living at its best, call to book a tour today!
The Lodge at Valley Ridge

The Lodge at Valley Ridge

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5
The Lodge at Valley Ridge is the perfect place for seniors to live, who want to maintain an active & entertaining lifestyle. Suites range from studios to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and balconies.
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.
OPAL by Element

OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
V!VA Oakville

V!VA Oakville

1 Sixteen Mile Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1P3
Holland Gardens

Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 2H4
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
Bowmanville Creek

Bowmanville Creek

105 Queen Street, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 0T3
Bowmanville Creek offers Independent and Assisted Living programs. Tastefully designed spacious accommodations include a variety of suites ranging from roomy studios to large two bedrooms.
Forest Valley Terrace

Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace 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.
Delmanor Glen Abbey

Delmanor Glen Abbey

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1
Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.
Carp Commons Retirement Village

Carp Commons Retirement Village

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
Caroline Place

Caroline Place

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9
Home care services for Respite Care
Bayshore Home Health

Bayshore Home Health

2101 Hadwen Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1L8
Bayshore Home Health understands that leaving home can be a challenge, and staying home may be the best option for seniors. As your neighbourhood care provider, we provide personalized home care services across Canada.
Spectrum Health Care

Spectrum Health Care

2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1A8
Spectrum Health Care offers a range of quality health care services designed to suit the individual needs of each client. Our services include nursing, personal/home support, foot care, physiotherapy, and companionship.



Access to this kind of care is often the result of a recommendation from government services. For caregivers who need a mental health break occasionally, learn all you can about local help available; you won't regret getting help. Across provinces, respite care is roughly similar but is generally handled by provincial government bodies.

In both British Columbia and Ontario, respite care is defined and handled differently from convalescent care. Respite care is focused on the caregivers' need for a break; convalesent care covers the need for patients' recovery outside of the health care system. For families of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, occasional short term relief can be invaluable.

In the province of British Columbia, BC's Ministry of Health Services provides a range of health care services including caregiver relief. Respite care for caregivers is part of the suite of home and community care available. This may take the form of service in the client's home or short term admission to a residential care facility. There are also adult day programs available in some of BC's larger cities; these programs offer a social outing for seniors and also help alleviate caregiver stress by giving caregivers time off.

Read more about respite care in Vancouver.

In Alberta, the Business Plan for 2016-2017 by Alberta Health Services (AHS) includes a promise to focus on enhanced community-based options to help seniors remain independent, with access to home care services including respite support for caregivers. Alberta's Strategic Clinical network includes one focused on seniors' health, intent on finding "the most effective ways to meet the healthcare needs of Alberta’s seniors based on evidence and best practices within" the province and elsewhere around the world.

Respite care allows for three broad types of available services, provided by AHS:

In Ontario, your local Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will make recommendations for the type of care required. LHINs work closely with government-funded homes and community services, and provides access to those service providers.

Respite care stays provide caregivers with temporary relief from their caregiving responsibilities. The person entering the LTC home may also benefit from the programs and services offered by the home. The anticipated length of stay is a maximum of 60 days. Costs for this are similar to what families would pay for long term care; that is, you pay only room and board in the care home, and care services are covered by the government. There are strict guidelines covering this kind of admission. However, families may consider paying for their own respite stay in a retirement home in order to find out what local care homes have to offer. Read more about respite care in Toronto, Ottawa, or Hamilton. These cities' finest care facilities offer superior care like nothing else you can imagine.

Respite care for dementia sufferers is an increasingly common need for many families. Homes also offer respite care for people with physical challenges and many other special needs.

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As noted above, convalescent care is defined differently by the care industry in select places across the country, as care for those who are recovering from surgery or other health care. This is also a valuable service offered by many retirement residences. These short term stays are similar to respite care; not all homes distinguish these two types of stays from each other.


Temporary care for ailing seniors is a helpful service offered by home care companies. In Ontario and other provinces, home care services are available through government subsidised programs like the Local Health Integration Network. As with other respite care programs, there are guidelines as to who qualifies for short term help.

In-home respite care services can help extend a senior's life in his or her own home, and temporary watchful care may be just right for your loved one. Find home care services that may offer respite care for elderly people in their homes. This can be very helpful for family members who need some relief from caregiving or who could benefit from some targeted care or companionship, for seniors exhibiting sundowning or similar symptoms of dementia.

Home care assistance is government funded (with limits) in provinces across Canada. For example, Alberta Health Services offers full funding (for those who qualify, of course) to cover an in-home caregiver up to 4 hours per week, as respite support for those providing care to an ailing senior. If 4 hours per week is not enough, families can also seek the help of a professional home care services provider or find other options such as a short stay in a retirement home.

In the province of Ontario, contact your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and find out if you qualify for services in your home, and if so, what care you qualify for. You can also request short term relief lasting a day or less.

If you do not qualify for government assistance, paid home care services can also be hired as an ideal solution to get through the rough patch.

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Giving care to an elderly loved one can be very demanding. It's normal to feel like you need a break. Taking a break can help you become a better caregiver. There are other advantages also.

Professional caregivers you hire will also gain experience dealing with your loved one and be able to provide you helpful feedback about how they deal with the specific needs of your family member. You can learn things and share knowledge and understanding, so that all caregivers of your loved one can do the best possible job of providing care.

Caregiving comes with other costs that you may not be accounting for, and a respite stay can help relieve some of these costs. Some examples of costs you may be forgetting are as follows:

Get a broader understanding of how you're not alone in feeling caregiver fatigue.


There are various kinds of emergencies that can arise that create the sudden need for help. In this case, home care services and/or retirement homes are ready to step in to help. These offer a professional alternative when you have exhausted other possibilities, including extended family, neighbors and other immediate help.

These emergencies can include:

We don't often plan for the worst, but as parents age, families can think ahead to potential situations that may arise. You can try out providers ahead of time so that you're ready when something does happen. It's also a good idea to ask neighbors and others to be aware of potential problems, and gently find out if they have any interest in helping out in your time of need.

Families of elderly people – especially those with dementia – are encouraged to keep a list of emergency contact information, list all medications (including names, dosages, frequency) and medical professionals. Keep this list in a handy place, and have ready access in as many places as you deem necessary.


Respite care costs are, in many cases, similar to what you pay for long term care or continuing care. For short-term stays in a care home, the price may be based on the length of your stay, with lower per-day costs the longer your stay.

Costs per province, a survey:

Province Respite care offered Cost
Ontario Home health care services Free, if you qualify1
Ontario Home care service provider $30/hour or more
Ontario Licensed practical nurse $55 per hour
Ontario Short stay respite care in a long term care home $36CA per day, up to 60 consecutive days, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Alberta 4 weeks of respite care in a provincially-funded care center Free2
British Columbia Government-subsidized long term care home 32.59/day ($991/month)3

In all of the above cases, government support comes with some limitations. If you do not qualify for respite care services or you wish to avail yourself of a longer term than allowed by provincial government regulations, you may contact local retirement homes to find out about fees charged for services and care you require.

Paying

In Ontario, the provincial government supports respite care in a variety of options, including in-home care and a short stay in a long term care home. Funding from the provincial government only allows for 60 consecutive days in long term care, and a total of 90 days per year, only.

You will need to contact your local government services coordinator (such as LHINs in Ontario or The Ministry of Health Services in BC) to get full information on applying, and terms of availability.

In the province of Alberta, you can apply for hardship funding.


A short stay in a retirement home can lead to a longer commitment to that senior facility, most often when seniors or their families come to realize the need for extended care. In the end, this might be thought of as an impromptu or at least unplanned "trial stay" in a retirement home where someone comes to realize that retirement homes are different from their earlier perceptions.

Many people don't plan to ever go into a retirement home for one of a variety of reasons. They may have a negative perception of seniors' care homes. Or perhaps they feel the importance of being self-reliant above anything else. No matter their objections, a stay in a seniors' care residence may turn around perceptions 180 degrees. You may find that you love the care you receive in the home, the friends you make there, or the facilities you find. A temporary stay is a good way to "get a feel for" a community and its amenities, and figure out how well they fit with what you want and need. It all begins with keeping an open mind.

Elinor presents one great example of this. "It got to be too much," she told Comfort Life. "I couldn't get up the stairs anymore." She took a brief respite stay in a local retirement home and, as she put it later, "I thought, this isn't bad! Here, I have my own room... I don't have to shop for groceries and I don't have to make my bed." Read Elinor's whole story.

You can even take several different trial stays in local retirement homes and find out which one best suits you. Homes allow respite or trial stays of varying lengths that last up to three months, with costs matched to the length of your stay, in a kind of "pay-as-you-go" idea. Some people decide after a few days that this is where they want to stay, while in other cases, someone may slowly come to realize that they don't like the facility in which they are staying and they want to go back home or try something else.

What few people realize is the great flexibility and options offered by today's retirement homes. As one care coordinator has told us, "If somebody wants to come just for the winter, you can do that. Or, if you’ve had a water leak in your house, and would like get away while its repaired, you can do that, too." Read "Getting Away," a profile of how a retirement home respite care stay opens eyes.

A short term stay can be the best way to experience everything a retirement community has to offer. You can call any homes here to book a tour or meet them otherwise, and begin to test out what local communities have to offer.

If somebody wants to come just for the winter — say from December first to March first — you are more than welcome to do that. People are surprised — you know, they’ll say ‘You guys are really flexible!'

Further resources:
lhins.gov.on.ca
ontario.ca/page/temporary-respite-care-caregivers
albertahealthservices.ca/scns/Page7702.aspx
health.gov.bc.ca/../Guide_to_Your_Care_Booklet2007_Final.pdf
albertahealthservices.ca/../ahs-scn-srs-quick-facts.pdf
sunlife.ca/../Completereport-LTC-Costs-BC.pdf
LHINs in Ontario: healthcareathome.ca/
www2.gov.bc.ca/../short-term-residential-care

Notes:

1Based on evaluation by LHIN
2Limited to four weeks per year. See seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/SNA-items-funded.html. Families may also apply for hardship funding.
3Figures from 2015: sunlife.ca/files/advisorabc/english/pdf/Completereport-LTC-Costs-BC.pdf



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