Written by Meghan Kluth, VP of Respite Initiatives, Colorado Respite Coalition, a program of Easterseals Colorado

November is National Family Caregivers Month and the 2019 theme is #BeCareCurious. Caregiving can be complicated and sometimes it is hard to know where to start when looking for resources. By being curious and learning which questions to ask, caregivers and their support systems can help identify the right options. Finding resources is crucial for caregivers to keep themselves healthy and supported. Respite care, a short break from caregiving, is one of the most important resources.  We all need a break sometimes, and respite provides a chance to recharge. The Colorado Respite Coalition, a program of Easterseals Colorado, helps families and professionals connect with services for all ages and care needs, across the state. We invite caregivers to #BeCareCurious about respite and other caregiving resources this month by checking out www.ColoradoRespiteCoalition.org.

Whether you are caring for a child or older adult, a spouse, friend or other relative, there may be resources available. According to AARP, there are 584,000 caregivers across Colorado. Services like respite can help improve caregiver health and well-being and establish additional support systems. Respite can allow caregivers time to manage their own health, spend time with other loved ones or practice self-care. Respite looks different for everyone and comes in many forms. Every relationship needs a break sometimes. Respite is also beneficial for the person receiving care, as it can provide the opportunity to socialize and enjoy community experiences. 

There are many types of respite care and it is important to consider the best option for your needs.

Respite care may be provided:

  • In the home
  • At a day program or other center
  • Overnight
  • By professionals, friends, relatives, etc.
  • By faith communities or other community programs

Respite can be challenging to find, and it is key to find the right fit for your family. Find someone both the caregiver and individual receiving care are comfortable with, and enjoy. Ask questions to make sure the person is qualified and able to safely provide care.  This November, #BeCareCurious and connect with us so learn more about the options available for your care needs. To learn more about how to find respite care, please visit www.ColoradoRespiteCoalition.org or call 303.233.1666 x 253.

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