Respite care in Ottawa Region care homes

Benefit from a short stay in an Ottawa retirement home

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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. 


Respite care in The National Capital Region

Wildpine Retirement Residence  

10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1C6

At Wildpine, we strive to provide the very best in accommodations and services, including a continuum of care options, which allow our residents to age in place. We make your decision of where to retire - easy!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Governors Walk Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2J7

A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2

Located in Orleans, Promenade is surrounded by walking paths. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, we offer a vibrant community focused on exceeding your expectations. Contact us today 613-229-7973.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Stonehaven Retirement Residence  

70 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 3B4

Combining personalized service, beautiful natural surroundings and an engaging lifestyle in South Kanata.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Carp Commons Retirement Village - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

Located in Central Park, Independent Seniors will find a home in our Seniors' Suites. Those needing more care find comfort in our Retirement Residence. We're focused on exceeding expectations. Call today 613-266-1354.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Redwoods Retirement Residence  

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1

Redwoods apartment style community offers suite with full kitchens, individual meal plans and valet service. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

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

Located in Citiplace, Ravines is surrounded by walking paths. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, we offer a vibrant community focused on exceeding your expectations. Contact us today 613-223-8506.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

VIVA Barrhaven  

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K7A 6A9

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Symphony Senior Living Kanata  

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8

Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to all essential amenities. Symphony Senior Living Kanata is community that offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill all your needs.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Forest Valley Terrace By Symphony  

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1

Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is specifically designed & dedicated to the unique needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

How home care services can help

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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The advantages of a respite stay in a retirement home

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.

Respite care versus convalescent care

When you contact the Home and Community Care Support Services in Ottawa, you should not that the HCCSS 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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