Caring for a loved one is hard. Making time to care for yourself can be even harder. We can help.

Take some time for yourself, knowing that your loved one is in good hands. Catholic Health is pleased to bring you Saturday Respite Care at no-cost to you, thanks to support from Exhale: The Family Caregiver Initiative, funded by Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Who is Eligible

Respite care is available to individuals aged 55+ and reside in Erie County. Assistance with toileting, ambulation, and feeding will be available.

All participants will be screened prior to acceptance.

Space is limited, click here to request more information today or contact us at (716) 839-8651.

Services Available

Respite services available include lunch during attendance, and a variety of activities such as games, crafts, and exercise. On-site staffing includes a Program Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, and trained Home Health Aides.

Caregivers will also have the opportunity to meet with staff on-site to discuss challenges or needs they may have, attend a caregiver education session, or leave to have time to themselves.


Exhale Saturday Respite Care is available at Catholic Health LIFE located at 600 Doat Street, Cheektowaga, on the Villa Maria College campus.

This day center has secured entry/exits, and is handicap accessible.

If you are unable to drop-off your loved one please contact us to discuss transportation options.

Additional Resources

Participant Informed Consent

As part of Exhale, The Family Caregiver Initiative, caregivers are being asked to participate in an evaluation. The evaluation involves completing a survey when they first sign up to participate in respite services, and completing follow-up surveys in 3 and 6 months. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine how well the program works. Evaluation results may be used to improve the program and for reports describing the findings. The evaluation is being done by The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). Funding has been provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Health Foundation for Central and Western New York. For the complete Participant Informed Consent form, please click here or request via email above.