Preparing your home for respite care involves creating a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for your loved one and their N4 Community Care Partner. 

“We work with numerous Care Partners and their families here in Northern Nevada,” said Amy Dewitt-Smith, Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada Founder and Executive Director. “While every person and house is different, there are some things you can do to make yourself, your loved one and your home respite care- ready!”

Here are some essential tips to help you get your home ready for respite care.

  • Assess Your Loved One’s Needs: Before the respite care provider arrives, take the time to assess your loved one’s specific needs and preferences. Jot down some notes, including any mobility impairments, specific dietary requirements, medication schedules and any personal preferences they may have. This information will help your Community Care Partner provide personalized care.
  • Communicate Effectively: Open and clear communication is essential. Discuss your loved one’s routines, preferences and any specific care instructions with the Community Care Partner. Taking time to go over your written notes and any changes that may have occurred since the last Respite Care session is important. It’s a way  to be sure everyone is on the same page and that your loved one’s needs are met.
  • Provide Emergency Contact Information: Provide the Community Care Partner with a list of emergency contacts. Including your numbers, their primary healthcare provider and any other relevant emergency numbers they might need. This ensures the Community Care Partner can  respond quickly in case of an emergency.
  • Respect Privacy: Community Care Partners respect the privacy and dignity of your loved one. Ensure that your loved one’s personal space is respected, and their belongings are kept secure. Clear communication between all parties is key to maintaining a respectful and comfortable environment.
  • Stock Up on Supplies: Make sure you have an adequate supply of essentials like food and toiletries. Discuss dietary preferences and restrictions with the caregiver to ensure meals are prepared accordingly.
  • Welcome the Community Care Partner: Things like notes and good communication foster a positive relationship between your care partner and your family.

By following these essential tips, you can ensure your loved one receives the best care possible while you take some well-deserved time for yourself. 

At Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada, we understand the importance of respite care for both you and your loved one. If you have any questions or need further assistance in preparing your home for respite care, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Your loved one’s well-being and your own self-care matter to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way!