Being the sole caregiver for someone at home on a 24 hour-a-day basis can be very stressful and exhausting. If caregivers receive no help or relief, their own health may deteriorate and this may result in the person needing care having to leave his or her home to live in a personal care home or other facility. Respite care can provide temporary relief for caregivers so that they have time for themselves, for rest and relaxation, or to spend time with other family members.
Respite care may be provided at the person’s home for a few hours a week, or it may be a planned short-term stay in a facility, such as a nursing home or Personal Care Home, to allow the caregiver to have a break. Respite care may be provided alone or in conjunction with other home support services.
For information about what is available in specific communities and to connect with a social worker, contact your local Regional Health Authority (Health and Community Services) office:
Central Regional Health Authority: 651-6340
Corner Brook: 634-5551
Happy Valley-Goose Bay: 897-3121
Labrador City: 944-9189
St. Anthony: 454-3054
St. John’s: 752-4835
Rural Avalon: 227-3641
Western Regional Health Authority: 637-2602