Easterseals Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month
|Easterseals Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month (01/11/2017)|
When Lucette and her husband, Dennis, started caring for their five grandchildren fulltime it was very overwhelming. The time they had set aside
in their life to relax was quickly replaced with caregiving needs. They soon realized they could not do it alone. Easterseals Relative Respite program
saved the day and gave them back some personal time to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate.
“I am so grateful for the Relative Respite program. Respite is so essential to an individual’s peace of mind and ability to unwind,” Lucette says. “You
get so busy trying to keep up with the demands of the kids, but you have your own life too. Respite keeps my life balanced. You have to remember
that you are just as important and valuable.”
November is National Family Caregivers month. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are more than 34 million family caregivers,
like Lucette, in the U.S. One of the greatest needs of these caregivers is respite or a temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for
children or adults with disabilities, chronic or terminal illness, or the elderly.
Through Easterseals Lifespan Respite programs, partially funded through the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities,
any caregiver, including grandparents and other relatives caring for children under the age of 18, can enjoy a break from caregiving. The program
is administered by Easterseals, but the caregiver chooses who provides respite care - a friend, neighbor, camp or agency.
Thanks to the grant Lucette received she has been able to take time by herself to read, meditate and rest her mind. Lucette and Dennis have also been
able to travel to Wildwood, New Jersey for vacation and to Mexico to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary.
“I know caregiving can sometimes feel like a thankless job. For us, respite services say thank you. It says thank you for taking the extra step to care
for these children.”
Easterseals has a Case Manager on staff to help families navigate through what can feel like a very daunting path. For information on any caregiver
or respite services contact Joyce Medkeff at 221-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org. With the holidays in mind Easterseals is also offering free copies of
the brochure “Coping with the Holidays and Other Special Events”. Call or stop by for a copy.
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping,
day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easterseals helps
children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.
Lucette and Dennis are thankful for the respite grant they received from Easterseals that allows them to take some time from caring for their five grandchildren fulltime.
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