ALZ Companions Respite Program

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Do you need a break?

ALZ Companions provide free respite and relief to families caring for someone with dementia. Companion Volunteers are trained by Alzheimer’s San Diego, then carefully matched with your family based on personality, location and your companionship needs.

Each week, your volunteer will come to your house and spend a few hours with your family member living with dementia:

  • Talking or reading a book
  • Playing a game or completing a puzzle
  • Or just being their friend

During this visit, you’re encouraged to do whatever you need to recharge as a caregiver – whether that’s going out with friends, catching a movie or simply enjoying some alone time. Download a flyer to learn more.

You are eligible for the ALZ Companions Program if:

  • You are caring for a spouse or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • You are living in a private home in San Diego County (not a residential care community or facility).
  • The person with dementia will not require hands-on assistance with personal care (eating and using the restroom) or moving around the home.

Common Concerns:

“We’re not ready for a respite program yet.”

The ALZ Companions Program is ideal for families in all stages of dementia, particularly the early and middle stages. Research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction may have increased quality of life and maintain their brain vitality longer. Starting early also allows the family an opportunity to build a relationship and establish a routine with their Companion Volunteer, which can be helpful for the future.

“My husband doesn’t want to participate. He says he doesn’t need a babysitter.”

The ALZ Companions Program works with you to introduce the volunteer in a natural and appropriate way for your family. For example, Companion Volunteers have been introduced as helpers for crafts and other projects around the house.

“I don’t think I need respite.”

As a caregiver, you may find yourself with so many responsibilities that you neglect taking care of yourself. But the best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is to stay physically and emotionally strong. Taking a break from the daily challenges of providing care can be beneficial for physical, mental and emotional health.

Become an ALZ Companion

We are looking for compassionate individuals who have a few hours each week to spend with an individual suffering from dementia talking, reading, playing an instrument or just being their friend. Your companion visit will give caregivers a desperately-needed break!

No experience is required. We will provide you with specialized training and will carefully match you with a family that fits your location, personality and strengths. Download this flyer to learn more.

Interested? Call us today: 858.492.4400