Respite care to help recharge the caregiver

June 25, 2009 by  
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How important is repite care to the health of the caregiver? The article in the Republican on June 24 provides real life examples of how respite care helps everyday people who are the primary caregivers of their elderly parents. An abstract from a pilot study conducted at the University of Florida on the effect of respite care on the stress levels of the caregivers suggests that a caregiver’s stress level will be minimized through respite care. Both of the previous materials are directly related to respite care for people caring for the elderly. However, every primary caregiver needs to take advantage of respite care services available in their region. A good resource for everyone on respite care is the ARCH National Respite Network. This website details the life of the Lifespan Respite Bill passed in 2006 and how it is completely underfunded. We all need to get in touch with our legislators and make sure that they fund the bill.

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  1. Martha says:

    One thing for sure, the Lifespan Respite Bill should be funded under the new govt health ins plan. I’m generally not in favor of the govt getting into anything like this, but I AM in favor of getting all uninsured citizens covered by insurance and there’s no reason why this can’t be done through Medicare and Medicaid … just change the rules … and don’t establish any huge sprawling expensive govt agency to do it. We already have an agency, and it may need to be expanded, more people, more offices, but that’s ok.
    But get some of this end-of-life help included.

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