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

The VINE Adult Respite Center

For the past 20 years, VINE has offered different forms of respite care for caregivers – fulfilling a service that was not readily available in the community.  In the beginning, VINE offered in-home respite care by trained volunteers.  The caregiver was provided a break for a couple of hours while the volunteer visited with the care receiver.  Eventually, the popularity of the program resulted in a social respite program one day a week at the Summit Center.  The social respite program continued to grow and when VINE moved into the building on Hickory Street, it was decided that VINE would use a portion to develop a state-licensed Adult Day respite program which opened in 2015. 

While much has changed in the long-term care environment over the past 20 years, one staple has been the quality respite care provided by the VINE Adult Respite Center and its amazing team of caring, dedicated employees and volunteers. 

However, the program has struggled for years.  Participation of the fragile population served has been inconsistent, and VINE can no longer sustain the increased costs and unfunded mandates associated with operating a licensed Adult Day respite program.  After much analysis and deliberation among the VINE Board of Directors and leaders, the decision has been made to close the VINE Adult Respite Center.  The closure will allow VINE to realign Respite Center employees with other VINE caregiver services and programs. The last day of Respite Center service will be Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Our Hours
Monday9 am - 3 pm
Tuesday10 am - 2 pm
Wednesday9 am - 3 pm
Thursday9 am - 3 pm
Friday10 am - 2 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

We require a two day minimum per week.  The cost includes 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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