Respite Homes Research

Current Goals:

  • The oasis Institute is researching alternatives to traditional ‘Assisted Living’ to offer respite care for families choosing to keep their loved ones at home. 
  • Issues:
  • Address current elder population exploitation in extensive facilities pleasing to the eye for families but often not adequate for the residents.
    • Address isolation caused by recent infectious concerns.


  • A research model is currently conducted in Brewster, MA, in a private home. The base principle is a small family-style including a pod concept to address infectious control safety without isolation.


The Institute is researching:

The idea of pods like home offering 24-hour supervision.

Desired components necessary for cognitive stimulations as well as adaptation skills to decrease depression co-morbidity.

Study and compare other efforts.

Long-Range Plans:

If the initial pilot is successful, acceptable by Elder Affairs standards, the Institute plans to support individuals wishing to start similar homes. It hopes to create an initial training and develop a support system for the successful management of such endeavor.


The Institute works with leaders in the fields of Geriatric Care and Caregivers such as:

  • FCA The Family Caregiver Alliance has supported and sustained the important work of families and friends nationwide who care for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions for 40 years.
  • CGC The Care Giver Connect is designed to connect caregivers to us, to resources, and most importantly, to each other. 
  • Dice Approach with Founder Dr Kales.
  • Harvard Medical School: Recognizing that dementia affects patients and their whole family of caregivers at tremendous emotional and financial cost. 
  • NCC The National Center on Caregiving works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country.
  • NYU Langone Family Support Program research has shown that caregivers who receive emotional and practical support experience measurable improvements in depression, stress, and physical wellbeing. Dr Mary Mittelman, Professor of Research, Department of Psychiatry and Rehab.