Dementia care options for caregivers who need a break

2 min readNov 25, 2020

Caring for a person with dementia is extremely demanding. No matter how great a caregiver you are, eventually, you’re going to need a break. Taking a break to prevent caregiver burnout and to practice self-care is crucial. Many caregivers prolong taking a break due to their own unrealistic expectations of themselves or their immense guilt at leaving the care of their loved one to someone else. Whether you place your loved one in full-time care or just book respite care for a few weeks, you should know the dementia care options available to you.

Livewell Dementia Day Respite Care

Dementia care options at Livewell

At Livewell, we ensure the highest possible quality of life for our residents through a range of meticulously designed specialised care programs and activities based around the needs of each particular individual. Our tailored care facilities combine an array of activities, dedicated companions, world-class care and luxury private homes to ensure a dignified and fulfilled way of life for all of our residents affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our full-time residents enjoy their own private suites, partake in a multitude of cognitively stimulating activities and have a good quality of life.

Specialised services offered at Livewell:

  • 24/7 specialised dementia care
  • Permanent residence
  • Couples residence
  • Frail care
  • Support groups
  • Companionship
  • Medication management
  • Doctors’ visits
  • Dental hygiene
  • Occupational therapy
  • Personal grooming
  • Day and holiday care
  • Activities programme and outings
  • Pet management

Apart from full-time residency we have another dementia care option; respite care. If you are a full-time caregiver, respite care can offer benefits to both you and your loved one with dementia, while providing a much-needed break. While the person with dementia is at the centre, you’ll have time to rest, rejuvenate, spend time with your family and just focus on your own mental health. If you find yourself feeling guilty, ask yourself this, “If I wear myself out to the point of total exhaustion, what good will I be to my loved one with dementia?”

Livewell offers people with dementia the opportunity to be well taken care of and to participate in activities in a safe and stimulating environment. Apart from our full-time residency, we also offer respite care.

What we offer:

  • A daily activity programme with many activities and exercises to choose from.
  • Support services for people with dementia and their families.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Medical and health services, if required.
  • Social interaction and stimulation.
  • The perfect solution for caregivers with daytime commitments.
  • Safe environment with free movement.

All necessary precautionary measures have been put in place for all our residents. Terms and Conditions for respite care may be adjusted due to COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown levels. For more information about your dementia care options please email




Livewell Estates are a specialist family of dementia and Alzheimer’s care facilities based in South Africa, specialising in personalised and tailored care.