Our Program

Our program serves caregivers of adults, providing short term relief (up to 3 hours) a week. A trained volunteer stays with the person in his/her home to assure that a safe environment is maintained while the caregiver is away. This allows family members who provide continuous around-the-clock care for their relatives, much needed breaks for rest and renewal. It also provides friendly visits to the person who is ill, or frail. We also serve elders living alone by offering companionship.


Our Respite volunteers, first and foremost, have an interest in and a love for people. The level of care provided by the volunteers is described as companionship. Volunteers must satisfactorily complete a training course, to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assure you of their ability to care for your loved one.

There is no charge to families receiving Respite services. However, donations are greatly appreciated and needed to continue the program. Donations, grants, and annual memberships are needed to provide the necessary funding to make this program possible. 

Your responsibilities as a family participating in this program are to understand that these volunteers are basically good neighbors coming into the home to help you cope. They will need your help, such as sharing with them any information about your loved one, which enables their care to be more effective. Communication between your family, the volunteer and the Respite office is very important. Confidentiality will be respected at all times.

The mission of Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is to support caregivers. The respite provided will hopefully lift some of the burden from the shoulders of loving, giving families for a brief time. Thus, enabling them to return to their loved one rested and renewed to resume care.