Ministries & Programs
What is Respite Care?
Respite Care offers support to family members who are caring for a loved one, so they may take a short break from their daily care and responsibilities. “Respite” is a gift of time for a caregiver so that a husband, wife, daughter, son or other relative can have some welcome personal time for self and maintain their other important connections.
Trained Village Church volunteers, called Respite Friends, make regular visits to the family’s residence, ranging from two to four hours. They offer friendship, compassion, and a faith connection to one who is receiving care. It is also comforting for a caregiver to know that a caring volunteer is there to stay with their loved while they are away. Visits may include:
• Conversation and reminiscing
• Reading books, magazines, or the newspaper
• Listening to or playing music
• Playing board games
• Quiet time together, laughter and sharing
• Reading a sermon or prayer and scriptures.
Why Respite Care Matters
Caring for a loved one of any age with a chronic illness, disability, or other health condition that requires ongoing care can be rewarding, yet also challenging. There may be few or no opportunities to have time for self. Family caregivers often put their own health and needs on hold, which then puts them at an increased risk for health problems, especially stress, depression, and physical fatigue.
Respite Care support makes a difference by giving primary family caregivers a break. It can give you or a caregiver you know an opportunity to try and have a healthier balance between caring for a loved one and tending to one’s own personal needs. Taking time for yourself can help to renew one’s spirit, strength, and energy. Among ways that respite time may be used include having lunch with a friend, running errands, attending a class, maintaining a favorite hobby or volunteer activity, or keeping a medical appointment.
Respite Care Ministry is here to help care for those who care for others. It does take a Village! For more information, please contact: Gayle Yelenik Respite Care Coordinator, 913.671.2370 or e-mail.