Older Adults
Respite Care (Group Setting)

Group Respite Care | Morning Out & Afternoon Adventures

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Caregiver Support & Respite Services offers group respite care which 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.

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 older adults 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 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

East Grand Forks 
Our Saviors Lutheran Church 
1515 5th Avenue NW 
Noon-4 p.m.

Christ the King Lutheran Church 
1040 S. Grade Rd. 
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Community Center 
550 S. 1st St.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lost and Found Ministry 
111 7th St. S.
Tuesday & Fridays 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thief River Falls 
Zion Lutheran Church 
505 Main Avenue North 
2-4:30 p.m.


Respite Volunteers Needed 

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



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