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Lifespan Respite

Lifespan Respite is taking a break from the daily responsibility of providing care to a family member or another loved one regardless of age who due to aging, Alzheimer’s/dementia, brain injury, chronic illness, disability, or mental health needs ongoing assistance and support.  Respite allows caregivers to take time for themselves, and when used effectively, reduces caregiver fatigue and care recipient stress.  Respite also creates opportunities for family members and other primary caregivers to keep or make new social connections and attend community activities.

What are the Benefits of using Respite?

For the Caregiver

  • Time to do something for yourself, e.g., visit friends, read a book, take a nap, go shopping or fishing
  • Time for everyday activities, e.g., run an errand, medical appt., attend a community meeting or event
  • Focus on personal needs
  • Maintain overall health and well-being
  • Feel a sense of relief or renewal
  • Reduce stress and exhaustion

For the Care Recipient

  • Opportunity to socialize with others
  • Maintain overall well-being
  • Feel a sense of renewal
  • Time away from the caregiver
  • Strengthen relationship with caregiver

For the Family

  • Increase family time
  • Maintain relationships, e.g., children, spouse or partner
  • Reduce stress for everyone including care recipient
  • Time to live “an ordinary life”

South Dakota Lifespan Respite Brochure