Millions of family members are providing care for children and older family members who need assistance with everyday care to stay at home. Caregiving is usually very rewarding for Caregivers but is often a 24/7 commitment to being responsible for their love one’s care. Very often caregivers don’t get a break and may neglect their own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Respite care provides a break for the caregiver. This time away from daily caregiving responsibilities, allows caregivers opportunities to renew their energy and focus on their own needs so they can continue to support their family members. This presentation will focus on the importance of respite for caregivers and provide resources and strategies to support self care for caregivers.
Alicia Blater, MS, APR is the Director of the North Carolina Family Caregiver Support Program. Among her many other accomplishments, she led the securing and management of a very successful, federally funded Lifespan Respite project that involves multiple public and private partners.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Provide a definition for respite care
- List at least 4 benefits of respite care for caregivers
- Identify 3 different resources for respite care
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