Diane faced the overwhelming task of taking care of her husband’s daily needs after he was diagnosed with dementia. With regular visits from a RELIEF program volunteer, Diane has time for herself and Mort made a new friend.

Mort and Diane with Jose, RELIEF program volunteer, Fort Myers

Lee County Respite for Caregivers

RELIEF stands for Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families. It’s a lifesaver for caregivers in Lee County, giving much needed respite for a few hours to caregivers who rarely get a break from caregiving duties. The temporary service is provided free of charge and is offered during nights and weekends, beyond the normal workday hours, making it possible for caregivers to enjoy a dinner, a movie or just a walk outside.

It may seem like a small thing, but to a caregiver for a frail or homebound elder, a few hours off duty on a weekend or at night knowing your loved one is cared for, is priceless. If you are a caregiver in Lee County and need respite, please call 239.275.1881 for more information.