Dementia Web - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

DementiaWeb - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

Types of Respite

Respite Introduction

Sooner or later, people who are looking after a friend or relative who has dementia are likely to appreciate a break from caring: this is called respite. Respite might be for a week, or just for an hour or two.

Try to think laterally: the carer may need a break, but what would be the best way for this to happen in a way that promotes happiness and security for the person with dementia?

Options for respite care include:

  • Having a friend or family member come to visit/stay
  • Volunteer Befrienders (contact Carers Centres)
  • Care at home: may initially be someone who is there "to do the ironing" (or other housework), but is also available if the person with dementia needs help
  • Day Centres
  • Care Homes
  • A supported holiday: Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust) runs specific weeks for people with dementia, and their carers, at accessible holiday centres. These breaks are sponsored by the Alzheimer's Society and are very popular - early booking recommended!

Contact details:

12 City Forum
250 City Road

Tel: 0845 345 1972
Fax: 0845 345 1978


Further Information

Further information can be found in the Alzheimer's Society factsheet Respite care. : funded and managed by Guideposts.