When Margit Bennet’s partner, Tom, was diagnosed with dementia in 2011, the 92-year-old became his 24-hour caregiver, a road she’d travelled previously during her first husband’s illness before he passed away in 2003. But as Tom’s dementia progressed and he started to wander, the programs she’d previously accessed for caregiver relief were no longer able to support Tom’s needs.
“It was a blessing when I was connected with Caregiver Recharge service,” says Margit, an active senior who still drives and is adjusting to life on her own after Tom recently moved into a retirement home. “My daughter lives in Belleville, and having access to this program made it possible for me to visit her on weekends once a month while staff took care of Tom in our home.”- Margit Bennett, Caregiver
Your service provider will work with you to develop a service plan that helps put your mind at ease when you leave your loved one in their care.
Your Caregiver ReCharge service provider will tell you the number of respite hours that will be available to you on a monthly basis. A minimum number of hours are to be used each month, unused hours are not transferrable beyond the end of each month.
Preparing in advance
Once you know that you are eligible for the program, give some thought as to what support you will need on a daily or weekly basis.
You can discuss your preferred schedule when your service provider contacts you.