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Respite Care Center

A gift of time to caregivers of seniors with special needs.

A gift of companionship and refreshment for their loved ones.

Respite Care provides time off for family members who care for seniors with special needs. Family caregivers have demanding tasks and often neglect their own health and well-being. Consequently, caregivers need time off to relieve stress and prevent burn-out.

Respite Care provides a stimulating social environment for seniors with special needs in a safe and secure setting to maximize their cognitive & social abilities. Seniors with special needs often feel lonely, bored, and/or helpless. Being with other peers brings psychological and physical benefits. Daily enrichment activities include music, arts & crafts, exercise, games, educational talks, reminiscing discussions, and a nutritious snack.

Only 12 members are permitted daily, to foster a family-like environment. Seniors with "special needs" may include, but, is not limited to: General Dementia, Early stage Alzheimer’s, Mentally Challenged, and Physical Disabilities. All inquiries are welcome. Participating seniors must meet Respite’s Acuity Guidelines. Medications cannot be brought to Respite Care.

The compassionate Care Team is carefully screened, trained and fully qualified to work with members. When 12 members are scheduled, at least 4 staff are present, along with an active group of talented volunteers who help maintain a dynamic program.

The Respite Care Center is open 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday and costs $50/day. Holiday closings are posted at the end of this information.

Financial assistance may be available through the Peninsula Agency on Aging if means are limited. Scholarships are also available. Once our enrollment application has been submitted and the individual has been approved for participation, a scholarship application may be submitted for consideration.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Respite Care Center are always welcome. Donations should be made payable to WUMC Respite, and mailed to WUMC Respite, 500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. If you wish to donate directly to the Scholarship Fund, please designate this on your donation check.

To enroll, an interview will be arranged with the caregiver and the candidate to ensure appropriateness. An enrollment packet will be provided and the attendance day(s) will be discussed. Complete and return the enrollment packet. A current flu shot, tetanus shot (within the past 10 years) and negative PPD test (within the past 6 months) are required for attendance.

To view our brochure, click here.

To view Barbara Hamson’s Testimonial about Respite, given on Laity Sunday 10/16/16, click here.

For more information contact:

Carolyn Yowell, Director of Respite Care


(757) 229-1771 ext 354


Ellen D’Orsogna, RN, Respite Care Manager


(757) 229-1771 ext 116

Current Happenings: (click on each bulleted item below to learn more)

  • Annual Respite Benefit Christmas Concert
  • Caregiver Support: (click on each bulleted item below to learn more)

  • Bereavement Support Group
  • Caregiver Support Group (sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association)
  • Spouse Social Flyer
  • How to Assemble a Caregiving Team
  • Service of Replenishment and Hope for Caregivers: (click on each bulleted item below to learn more)

    (Sermons were delivered by Rev. Helen Casey-Rutland, Minister of Congregational Care)

  • February 2, 2016
  • May 24, 2016
  • Other Resources: (click on each bulleted item below to learn more)

  • Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center Website
  • 2017 Respite Holiday Closings
  • Respite Care Center is a network resource partner with PADRN (Peninsula Aging & Disability Resource Network). For more information about PADRN, click here.

    We are a Safe Sanctuaries church. To view our policy, click here.

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