“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.