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Caregiver Advocacy Program Provides Respite Resources
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:01 PM

Caregivers across Southeast Ohio play a critical role in the everyday lives of those for whom they provide care. During Caregiver Month this November, the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) recognizes the tremendous efforts of family caregivers. Serving a loved one is challenging and rewarding but is also a  demanding job. No one is equipped to do it alone. Caregivers often fail to realize the importance of taking a break for their own health and well-being.

Respite care is short-term, temporary relief to those caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home. Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers.

Even though many families are committed to providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without support. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect.