Respite Care


Respite Care is a weekday ministry of Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

We provide a safe and enriching environment for seniors with special needs.

Respite Care

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, 5 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. 

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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 learn about potential financial assistance or how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please click here.

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Current Happenings (click on the items below for more information):

Service of Replenishment and Hope for Caregivers

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

Caregiver Support:

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