Respite Care

Providing relief for caregivers and their loved ones

St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center offers respite care for caregivers seeking high-quality, short-term support for their loved ones.

We welcome guests for a variety of reasons and durations, whether it’s for a long weekend or a couple of weeks. Our minimum stay is only three days, which is well below the requirements of most skilled nursing facilities.

Why Respite Care?

Respite care is a desirable option when caregivers need temporary relief, whether they are traveling for work, going on vacation, undergoing a medical procedure, seeking a break from the demands of life or simply looking for a chance to recharge their batteries. Respite care can also serve as a transition from an extended hospital stay back home and is also a great way for families to see if St. Francis is the right long-term option for their loved ones.

Respite Care: Benefits for Residents

Guests receive individualized care in an engaging and secure living environment. We offer private rooms and a highly trained staff of physicians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists dedicated to accommodating to their needs.

When staying at St. Francis, you are a part of our family. We provide not only the best care but also a vibrant and social community that offers you a chance to stay in a more social surrounding. You have access to all the same services and amenities as long-term care residents, no matter how long you stay.

If you or a loved one is exploring long-term care options, this is a wonderful opportunity to try us out and discover whether St. Francis is the right fit before making a commitment.

Respite Care: Benefits for Caregivers

As the caregiver of a loved one, we understand the physical and emotional demands of your role. We are here to give you a break and allow you to feel secure knowing your loved one will be safe and cared for as you get caught up on the other aspects of your life.

Caregiving is physically and emotionally exhausting. Taking a break will help you refresh and maintain your mental, emotional and physical health, enabling you to continue providing quality care for your loved one at home.

When you enter the front door at St. Francis, you become family – and part of a community where many new opportunities await you.

Step into our lobby and you’ll meet staff ready to attend to your needs, as well as fellow community members sharing social time and plenty of laughs. Straight ahead is our activities room, with regular entertainment, music, games and a variety of events to keep you busy. Our library offers an extensive collection of books for your leisure and interests.

Walk down the hall and you’ll find our 34 spacious resident rooms, half of which are private and all a short distance away from the nurse’s station. We want your room to feel like home, which is why we encourage you to bring your favorite pillows, clothing, electronics, personal care items or even your own furniture. Your room comes complete with access to Wi-Fi, phone and cable television, so you can continually stay connected with loved ones, the world around you or simply enjoy your favorite television program. Visitors – whether family or friends – are always encouraged.

There’s an abundance of personalized dining options to meet your needs, whether it’s enjoying delicious cuisine in our restaurant-style dining room or in the comfort of your own room.

If you need any outdoor time to reflect, catch some fresh air or spend time with family, our outdoor patio overlooking Lake Winnisquam is perfect.

While you receive 24/7 nursing care, we ensure you’re happy, engaged and feel right at home. After all, here at St. Francis, you’re family.

Resident safety and personalized attention, combined with compassionate care, are the foundation of high-quality healthcare at St. Francis.

We are proud recipients of the 2018 AHCA Silver National Quality Award and the 2016 AHCA Bronze National Quality Award for quality and performance excellence. St. Francis also received the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award (2019) for superior facility performance related to various health, safety and quality measures.

Our resident and family satisfaction levels are well above industry standards, including 100% resident satisfaction levels.

  • A Medical Director to manage on-site mental health, podiatric, dental, laboratory, optometry, radiology and imaging services
  • A Case Worker to provide any needed social services
  • Pastoral Care
  • An ADA Registered Dietician who works with the culinary staff to ensure nutritional needs are met
  • A Clinical Pharmacist who regularly reviews individual medication régimes and consults with primary care physicians, nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Cable television
  • Neighborhood dining areas
  • Guest meal options
  • On-site chapel with weekly Mass and daily Communion.
  • Barber/hair services

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  • Music therapy and live entertainment
  • Arts and crafts
  • Movie nights and “Happy Hours”
  • Seasonal themed parties and dining events
  • Gardening
  • Pet Therapy
  • Shopping trips

Our staff will work with you to find the payment options that are best for you and your loved one. Check with your insurance provider to see if respite care is covered.