(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

VINE Adult Respite Center

The VINE Adult Respite Center offers fun, friendship, and caring support for aging adults who are socially isolated or have a progressive illness. VINE’s licensed Adult Day Program provides family caregivers with a well-deserved break and strives to enhance quality of life and extend the length of independent community living for the person in their care.

The VINE Adult Respite Program is licensed by the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health. Our staff includes a Licensed Social Worker (LSW); a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and an experienced Activity Coordinator. A Registered Nurse (RN), a Registered Dietician (RD), and a Licensed Physical Therapist provide program oversight. All staff members are trained in CPR/First Aid and bring years of experience working with aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other progressive illnesses.

Our Hours
Monday8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday8 am - 5 pm
Thursday8 am - 5 pm
Friday8 am - 5 pm

Customized Care

We offer an individual plan of care for each participant which includes:

  • Social and recreational programs and outings
  • Daily group exercise
  • Meaningful interaction with professional staff and volunteers
  • Opportunities to enjoy programs and activities at the VINE Adult Community Center
  • Group health and wellness education
  • Companionship
  • Meals and snacks
  • Medication administration and healthcare support
  • Education, coaching and support services for their caregivers
  • Bathing services and transportation are available for an additional fee

Volunteer

Serving together with respite center staff, trained volunteers assist with meaningful activities and share the gift of friendship with participants. Volunteers, who commit to a four-hour time period at least once a month, do not assist with personal cares or have supervisory responsibility.

COST

Cost is $14/hour. We provide a dietitian planned lunch and two snacks each day. Bathing service and transportation are available for an additional charge.

We offer a variety of payment options including private pay, state waivers, long term care insurance, and VA funding for eligible veterans.

The VINE Adult Respite Center provides an affordable alternative to a much costlier move to an assisted living facility.

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Testimonial

  • The respite center is truly a life saver!

    Sandy Dahms
    Caregiver to her husband, Randy who has Lewy Body Dementia & visits the respite center
  • It’s amazing what you can do in these 4 hours. I can get things done or do whatever I want.

    Susan Padilla
    Caregiver to respite center client

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ADULT DAY RESPITE?

Respite is defined as “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult”. The season of caregiving can be rich and rewarding; however, it can also be immensely challenging for family members who have full time responsibility for the well-being of a loved one with a progressive illness. VINE’s respite program strives to lighten the load of family caregivers by providing them with the opportunity for some well-deserved time away from their responsibilities.
Respite participants enjoy fun and stimulating programs and fellowship with VINE volunteers and other attendees. Adult day respite has been shown to delay functional decline through meaningful engagement and activities.
Because of the affordability of respite care and the program’s ability to extend the length of independent community living, financial assets of families are often preserved.
In a nutshell, – everyone can benefit from adult day respite care.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE VINE RESPITE CENTER?

The morning starts with coffee and conversation and includes discussion of current events from the daily newspaper. Weekly activities revolve around a theme such as farming, Veteran’s Day, or changing seasons. Activities include reminiscence, word searches/ crosswords, and art activities based on the weekly theme.
Music is a big part of each day with sing-a-longs and guest musician visits. Group exercise and games are fun and helpful in keeping large and small motor skills adept. Twice monthly worship services and regular visits from therapy dogs, youth groups, and other guests add variety to the daily routine. The respite center’s beautiful outdoor patio features raised bed gardens and provides seasonal opportunities for participants to safely enjoy the outdoors and assist with caring for the flowers.

WHEN SHOULD MY LOVED ONE BEGIN TO COME TO RESPITE?

Usually caregivers and families wait too long to bring their loved one to adult day care. We frequently hear “they’re not ready for that yet”. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another progressive illness, most caregivers admit when they look back that they waited too long. In hindsight, the ‘signs’ of the disease were noticeable for many years before it was formally diagnosed. If we can catch people earlier and get them used to participating, it is better in the long run for everyone. Social isolation is a major problem for family caregivers who do not have sufficient time away and a trusted support system to help share the burden as their loved one’s disease progresses.

HOW IS THE RESPITE CENTER STAFFED?

Staff includes a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and an experienced activity coordinator. All staff are trained in CPR/First Aid and bring years of experience working with aging adults who are socially isolated or have Alzheimer’s disease or other progressive illnesses. Skilled volunteers regularly come to socialize with participants and lend a hand with games and activities. We are proud of our staffing ratio which is often much higher than is required by our Department of Human Services license.
While most of the daily programming happens within the respite center, participants also enjoy the time spent with a staff member on the cushioned walking track or playing pool in the game room at the VINE Adult Community Center.

WHAT IF MY LOVED ONE GETS TIRED WHILE THEY ARE AT RESPITE? IS THERE A PLACE THEY CAN GO TO LIE DOWN?

Although it is our goal to keep participants busy and engaged and send them home happily tired, we realize that there are times when a short nap may be needed. The respite center has a peaceful, quiet room (equipped with an emergency pull cord) with a twin bed and two lift chairs if a person needs to rest. There is also a reclining love seat available in the social area for people who prefer to take a short break and still be around others. Staff regularly checks on everyone.

WHAT IF MY LOVED ONE NEEDS MEDICATION DURING THE TIME HE/SHE IS AT RESPITE?

VINE’s nurse will administer medication at the time specified by the caregiver. The medication needs to be delivered in a labeled envelope stating who it is for and when it needs to be given.

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