This website is like a "dating" site where overburdened caregivers can connect with other caregivers and/or former caregivers who have time available to volunteer to do respite care, thus giving those who are overburdened the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
It's often difficult for informal caregivers qualified, trained, care workers who are equipped care for people with dementia. "Relief" workers provided by agencies are often not up to speed with respect to dementia care, and caregivers find their loved ones suffer ill effects as a result. This means that the informal care giver coming back from even a couple of hours of respite may find their loved one in some kind of distress on their return, which has the impact of negating the positive effects of having had a few hours off. People who are caregivers or who have been caregivers usually have a better understanding of what's involved in caring for people with dementia and are more likely to be able to provide a positive experience.
I believe former caregivers represent an untapped resource for respite. They will clearly understand the need, having experienced it themselves, and I think they will be willing to help others who are in the boat in which they once found themselves. Moving forward, as the needs of informal caregivers increase, the pool of people who will be former caregivers will also grow. I believe need to find ways to take advantage of the expertise and goodwill of this cohort to supplement thinly spread formal social services.