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Respite Companion Program

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This service provides a quality in-home respite service to individuals with Alzheimer disease or progressive age-related dementia. Trained respite companions provide meaningful activities tailored the client's needs and interests, in the client's home.

The program aims to provide:

  • Activities that bring enjoyment, purpose and meaning to the client's life
  • Socialization and interaction to maintain function and reduce risk of depression and loneliness
  • Companionship to increase client safety and provide reassurance
  • Respite for caregivers

Respite companions may provide the individual with:

  • Help with meaningful activities such as walks, hobbies, socializing or other activities according to his/her ability, need and desire to participate
  • Prompts for medication may be provided according to program policy
  • Interaction that helps maintain functioning and enhances self-esteem which may decrease feelings of depression or loneliness
  • Preparation and serving of snacks, beverages and light meals

Respite companions will not:

  • Provide personal care such as toileting, transferring, feeding or bathing
  • Drive clients in their vehicle, perform banking or other financial transactions
  • Clean the client's home, do laundry or shop unless it's a shared activity with the client

Hours of service

You may choose the days and times preferred for respite to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The minimum length of any visit is three hours.


An hourly rate of $6.50 is applied to this service. Participants may be eligible for a reduced rate based on income. Ask for details when applying.

Apply for the Respite Companion Program

Call 905-984-2621 or 1-877-212-3922, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Funded by Home and Community Care Support Services.

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