Providing care for an older adult is an activity—or better termed—an occupation that is very draining on the emotional and physical resources of the caregiver. It is vitally important that the caregiver take advantage of resources appropriate to his/her particular needs in order to avoid physical exhaustion and mental and emotional stress. There are many resources available for caregivers.
The different types of respite care services/programs are:
~In-home services such as companions, and personal and skilled care offered through a home health agency
~Adult day centers: Offer programming during the day (either a social or medical model) including a meal. Transportation is frequently available for an extra fee.
~Residential respite care (24 hour) for a few days or weeks while the caregiver is vacationing, for example. Such respite may also be needed if the caregiver has a health-related emergency, so identifying at least one facility ahead of time is important.
~Informal respite care by friends and family members
To learn about adult day care services in Minnesota, a good resource is MADSA—Minnesota Adult Day Services Association. MADSA represents adult day programs in MN: 763-464-2698; P.O. Box 625; S. St. Paul, MN 55075.
www.madsa.org or e-mail at email@example.com.
Adult day care programs in the state of Minnesota are required to be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services: Check to see if a program is licensed at: http://licensinglookup.dhs.state.mn.us/.
For In-Home Respite Services, in addition to the county-by-county listings below consult the Minnesota Home Care Association web site for a list of member home care agencies, many of which provide companion services in the home. www.mnhomecare.org
For In-Facility Respite: Many facilities offer respite care within their facility with varying minimum stays, depending on space availability. For ratings of nursing homes, check: www.medicare.gov/nhcompare.
Another place to start is to contact a business like A Place for Mom (Linda Knutsen—1-866-366-6914; www.aplaceformom.org) or Our Parents (www.ourparents.com). Businesses like these provide facility-location services at no charge to families.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregivers of older adults with this disease are especially in need of respite. Special considerations apply in the selection process of an appropriate setting for the older adult. Visit this web site for guidance: http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_respite_care.asp. 952-830-0512. Not all adult day care programs and facilities that admit on a respite basis can accommodate older adults with Alzheimer’s. Be sure to ask this question.
You may also search for respite sites by going to this web site: http://archrespite.org/respitelocator
A guide to choosing respite care services and programs can be found at either of these web sites: http://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_respitecareguide.pdf http://www.helpguide.org/elder/respite_care.htm.
For information about adult day centers go to: http://www.alz.org/national/documents/topicsheet_adultday.pdf.
Listed below are examples of each of the formalized respite programs above, county by county. This list is not complete. (NOTE: The NOAH project does not necessarily endorse any specific facility or organization.)
The Gathering: The Church of the Epiphany; 763-422-6960; 1900 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Faith Based Nurse Program of Mercy and United Hospitals offering out-of-home respite care five hours twice a month (1st and 3rd Mondays).
The Gathering: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church; 763-434-6117; 19001 Jackson St., East Bethel, MN 55011. Faith Based Nurse Program of Mercy and United Hospitals offering out-of-home respite care five hours twice a month (1st and 3rd Tuesdays).
Elk River (Sherburne County, but close to Anoka County)
Angels on Main: 763-241-6845; 922 Main St., Elk River, MN 55330
A Guardian Angels program: Provides adult day care to older adults living within a 10+ miles radius of Elk River. Funding options are available.
Camilia Rose 2: St. Phillips Lutheran: 763-502-0660; 6180 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN 55432
In-Home Respite Services:
Senior Caregiver Network: 763-422-6960
In-home respite with income-based fees; volunteers matched with an older adult provide breaks of two to four hours with a 12 hourly monthly maximum.
Tamarisk, Inc.: 763-572-1950; 1657 161st Ave. NW., Andover, MN 55304
Provides non-medical companionship and caregiver respite to people living with life threatening illnesses; for older adults in Anoka County. www.tamarisk.org.
In-Facility Respite: Anoka
Anoka Care Center: 763-331-3190; 1040 Madison St., Anoka, MN 55303
No minimum stay. Also memory care, based on bed availability.
Crestview: Columbia Village: 763-782-1644; Assisted Living: 4458 Reservoir Blvd. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421. No minimum stay.
CHISAGO COUNTY: Adult day care programs: Day Club of Parmly Life Pointes: 651-257-7332; 28210 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City, MN 55013; www.parmly.org.
An Ecumen Program.
Family Pathways: 763-552-7284
www.familypathways.org. Provides a 4-hour social respite program that meets once a month.
Campus Club—A Martin Luther campus: 952-948-5154; 1301 E. 100th, Bloomington, MN 55425
Creekside Club—A Martin Luther campus: 952-888-5405; 9801 Penn Av. S.; Bloomington, MN 55431
The Gathering: Brooklyn Center United Methodist Church; 763-236-4342; 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429. Faith Based Nurse Program of Mercy and United Hospitals offering out-of-home respite care five hours twice a month (2nd and 4th Thursdays).
Kashia Adult Day: 763-566-4000; 5650 Lilac Drive N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Carebreak Adult Day Program: 763-592-2666; 5430 Boone Ave. N., New Hope, MN 55428
A Minnesota Masonic Homes program.
The Gathering: 612-781-2766; Nativity Lutheran Church; 3312 Silver Lake Rd., St. Anthony, MN 55418. Faith Based Nurse Program of Mercy and United Hospitals offering out-of-home respite care three hours twice a month (1st and 3rd Thursdays).
St. Louis Park
AlterCare Adult Day Program: 952-922-1147; 3620 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
A program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services.
In-Home Respite Services:
Salem Club: Salem Covenant Church: 763-587-5985; 2655 5th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
Day Break Adult Day Services: 651-486-2428; 2727 N. Victoria, Roseville, MN 55113
Located at Golden Living Center/Lake Ridge.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Adult Day Health Services: 651-280-2546; 650 Marshall Av., St. Paul, MN
Memory Loss Program: 651-280-2290, 753 E. 7th St., St. Paul. Offers two-level programming for early and later stage memory loss. In January 2011 all programs will be at 650 Marshall Av. www.wilder.org.
Asian Adult Day Care: 651-967-8692; 1380 Energy Lane #113; St. Paul, MN 55108
Cerenity Marian Day Away: 651-793-2117; 200 Earl St., St. Paul, MN 55106
Common Sense Services for Seniors: 651-552-0288; 724 19th Av. N. #100; South St. Paul, MN
Hmong American Partnership: 651-495-9160; 1075 Arcade St., St. Paul, MN
Multi-Cultural Adult Day Care Services: 651-646-1006; 1821 University Av. W. #N196, St. Paul, MN
St. Mary’s Adult Day Service: 651-696-8415; 1903 Norfolk Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116
TC Adult Day: 651-292-1284; 388 Western Av., St. Paul, MN
The Gathering: A Program of Lyngblomsten offering out-of-home five hours of group respite care for cognitive and social stimulation with memory loss individuals twice a month at various faith locations.