Community Development

Baluchon Répit long terme

Specialized support workers, known as “baluchonneuses,” go to caregivers’ homes and take on their responsibilities for a full 24 hours per day during the respite period.

Photo: Baluchon Répit long terme

Baluchon Répit long terme provides caregivers of people with decreasing independence periods of respite that last from 4 to 14 days.

Photo: Baluchon Répit long terme

Baluchon is the recipient of Quebec’s ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) 2023 Award of Excellence in the Impact on the Community category.

Photo: Baluchon Répit long terme

Providing respite for the family caregivers needing it

Since 1999, Baluchon Répit long terme (“Baluchon”) has provided periods of respite lasting from 4 to 14 days to caregivers wanting to keep at home their loved ones who cannot live independently, as well as help and support for caregivers both before and after such periods of respite. During the latter, specialized support workers, trained by the organization and known as “baluchonneuses,” go to caregivers’ homes and take over for them – a full 24 hours per day. This type of support is available all year long throughout the Province of Quebec.

In the face of the increase in the number of cases given our aging population, Baluchon has expanded its services to also help people who are bedridden or have Parkinson’s, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), multiple sclerosis, or other degenerative diseases. In addition, it now provides support for people at the end of their lives as well as for their caregivers.

Following the introduction of the new services, in May 2023, Baluchon Alzheimer and its foundation were renamed Baluchon Répit long terme. The change better reflects the nature and scope of the services the organization offers, now that more than one third of the people benefiting from them do not have neurocognitive disorders.

Power Corporation is proud to support Baluchon in its mission to enable caregivers to take care of their loved ones with decreasing independence while keeping them in their home environments.



charged per day, the same rate since 2008


days of respite care provided in 2022–2023

450 to 500

families in Quebec receiving help and support every year


support workers go to caregivers’ homes to take over from them


See a video from the Fondation Baluchon Répit long terme (in French only)

Website (in French only)