Victoria – Respite Program

Respite is a temporary, short term program designed to relieve and support the primary family caregiver of someone with a serious mental illness who lives at home.

What are the Program Goals?

  • To give the caregivers some relief or a break.
  • Help reduce stress and improve the well-being of the family
  • Have a positive influence on the person affected

Who are the respite workers?

BCSS Victoria Branch provides trained, qualified professionals who are experienced in mental health services.

For the Caregiver:

  • Provide periodic breaks from care-giving.
  • Alleviate stress in the home and improve the well-being of the family.
  • Give peace of mind in the knowledge that their ill family member is in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Provide the opportunity to feel independent again.
  • Share the burden of responsibility.

Trained Respite worker will encourage independence and self sufficiency.

Respite Worker can accompany the ill family member to activities they otherwise would not participate in.

For the Individual/Client:

  • Provide a break from his or her regular caregiver.
  • Alleviate stress and isolation.
  • Provide support and assistance.
  • Provide planned outings such as walks, swimming, shopping, lunch, coffee, or…?
  • Provide an opportunity to pursue personal interests.
  • Encourage participation in community, social, recreational or educational programs.
  • Provide the opportunity to feel independent again.
  • Assist in developing life skills and gain independence.

Call BCSS Victoria Branch for more information 384-4225

(For information on respite programs in the lower mainland please see for other areas, please visit the online forum )