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Respite Care (Group Setting)

Morning Out & Afternoon Adventures | Group Respite Care 

LSS group respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers and an enjoyable outing for older adults age 60 years and older in a social group setting. For general inquiries about LSS Caregiver Support & Respite Services, call 866.787.9802.

A Break for Caregivers 

Caring for a loved-one, whether it be a parent, spouse or sibling, can sometimes be challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. Morning Out Group provides safety, security and socialization for seniors while their caregiver takes a break. 

Group respite provides caregivers: 

  • Peace of mind knowing your loved-one is in a safe, enjoyable environment. 
  • An opportunity to shop, take care of personal needs or run errands. 
  • Time to rest from the full time job of caring for a loved one. 

Even just a few hours alone can make big difference. 


Socialization for Older Adults 

Group respite provides a dynamic social setting that older adults requiring special care rarely encounter. They have the opportunity to socialize while trained volunteers facilitate activities.  

Activities may include: 

  • Coffee and conversation 
  • Crafts, table games and cards 
  • Guided reminiscing and discussion 
  • Gentle physical exercise 
  • Movies and radio shows 
  • Musical entertainment 
  • Various other activities 

To ensure a pleasant experience for the group, we ask that Morning Out Group participants be:  

  • Capable of walking with minimal assistance 
  • Continent or have managed incontinence 
  • Able to feed themselves 
  • Non-violent toward self or others 
  • Responsive and able to participate in group settings 
  • Independent in taking medication 
  • 60 years of age or older 

In-home respite care may be more appropriate for individuals who do not meet all of the above attributes. 


Locations & Details

Detroit Lakes
First Lutheran Church
912 Lake Avenue
Every first and third Wednesday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1040 South Grade Road
Every first and third Tuesday
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
610 13th Street North
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thief River Falls
Zion Lutheran Church
505 Main Avenue North
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Respite Volunteers are Needed 

Friendly, caring Morning Out volunteers participate in activities such as playing cards and craft-making. Learn more about becoming a respite volunteer.  

“They really enjoy it. Myrna wants to keep coming back every week, so her caregiver drops her off. She likes the socialization and being around someone else closer to her age (91), though some participants are a bit younger.”