Respite care for seniors in Vancouver

A look at trial stays in seniors' care homes

Families in Vancouver are encouraged to seek out professional respite care for elderly relatives. When a parent or elderly loved one requires extensive care, this is cumulatively taxing on your time, energy and resources.  Caregivers in Greater Vancouver (including Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, etc.) can get a break from caregiving by availing themselves of a number of services

Your options in respite care include residential care facilities, adult day centres and programs, and home care services. Learn more about the advantages.

Vancouver care homes with respite stays

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Amica West Vancouver   

659 Clyde Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1C8

Tucked away between the North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean, our residence offers the best of West Vancouver. Enjoy access to trails and shopping—a comfortable yet sophisticated lifestyle at Amica West Vancouver.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Long-term care

Thornebridge Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Courtyard Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Granville Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Advantages of respite care homes in Vancouver and area

A number of Vancouver's top retirement homes offer respite care services, with a number of obvious advantages to families and seniors.

For the caregiver, these benefits include:

  • A needed break, in which they take a vacation, spend time with their own family, travel, or just gather strength, get some work done, or do whatever else they need.
  • Relief from caregiver stress and fatigue, which accumulates over time. This can lead to personal and even health problems.
  • 24-hour supervision and care for older patients, in a dedicated care environment staffed by medical professionals. Care will certainly include housekeeping and meals, and may include other types of services ranging from dressing to incontinence care and other specifics.

For the elderly family member with dementia or another care need, the benefits include:

  • An opportunity to interact with peers
  • A safe environment, often designed specifically for dementia sufferers, including colour-coded hallways, explicit room signage and other helpful aids for those suffering memory disorders.
  • Professional caregiving offered by people trained in techniques including the Gentle Persuasive Approach
  • Exposure to therapies like Brain Games that can relieve some symptoms of dementia including progressive memory loss, etc.

If you find yourself in need of emergency respite care, Vancouver retirement homes are well-equipped to help out, with dedicated staff and care facilities.

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Use a short stay to test out your options

A trial stay in a retirement home is a great way to get facts. When doing so, you are likely to have your eyes opened to local senior care available to you, the excellent facilities and environments available, and the professional care staff in these residences.

Short-term stays are an ideal tool for families, as Alzheimer's Disease progresses. You can try out a variety of local memory care facilities, find out how costs fit your budget and how care facilities meet the specific needs of your aging loved one. Many retirement homes are adjusting facilities' design and care options to meet the needs of an increasing number of dementia patients. This includes those with Alzheimer's Disease certainly, but also other dementias, including early onset Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Lewy Body Dementia and other related dementias and memory disorders.

Homes listed above have much more detail about short term stays they offer, and what types of care are available. 

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