An interactive online experience for people living with memory loss designed to give their family caregivers a much-needed break.
Group eRespite is an online program that provides one hour of engaging, creative activities for persons experiencing early- to mid-stage memory loss. At the same time, their caregivers (family members or friends) get a break, allowing them to stay connected with their support network, engage in activities that bring them joy, or simply rest.
Participants attend the same session each week, forming a cohort. This allows them and their caregivers to develop relationships and a support network with others in their cohort. Sessions are hosted online using Zoom.
Participants, staff, and volunteers stay engaged in 60 minutes of creative, brain-stimulating activities, such as:
- Simple exercise activities
- Reminiscing and educational content
- Time to connect and socialize
In addition, caregivers have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with a Lyngblomsten Caregiver Specialist for resources and support and to participate in a weekly online Caregiver Corhort Group.
"Hearing Michael's deeply rooted laughter as Carolyn and Andrea engage the eRespite group for those challenged by Alzheimer’s is truly heartwarming for me. He loves the singing, the memories evoked, the sharing with other group members. Even though he doesn't remember what the group is when it is time to start, he always ends with a smile and a lightning of his spirit. His time spent in group also means welcome time for me to pay bills, send cards to friends, and read uninterrupted. So many gifts to us and so much appreciation from us both. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
For more information:
Contact 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten at 651.632.5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to Group eRespite, 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten is offering an in-person group respite program—called The Gathering—for people living with memory loss and their family caregivers. Visit The Gathering webpage for more information.
Lyngblomsten Caregiver Services is supported, in part, by gifts made to the Lyngblomsten Foundation and is funded under contract with Trellis as part of the Older Americans Act. Fees for respite programs are based on household income and caregivers are asked to make a monthly contribution.