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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.

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
10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Madison Mercantile
601 1st Street
1– 4 p.m.

CCM Wellness Center
1409 MN 7
Every Third Thursday
10:30 a.m.– Noon

Trinity Lutheran Church
210 7th Street South
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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