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Respite Care to Support Family Caregivers - Massachusetts

Respite care is a coordinated system that provides person-centered and community-based planned or short term relief to primary caregivers from the demands of the ongoing responsibilities of caring for an individual with special needs regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or situation. It allows caregivers to remain in the workforce and to delay or prevent institutionalization for their loved ones.

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Respite Care to Support Family Caregivers

What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a coordinated system that provides person-centered and community-based planned or short term relief to primary caregivers from the demands of the ongoing responsibilities of caring for an individual with special needs regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or situation. It allows caregivers to remain in the workforce and to delay or prevent institutionalization for their loved ones.

Background

In April, 2010, parents, services providers for people with disabilities, children, older adults and state agency representatives came together to form the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition. Its mission is to promote and support access to quality respite care options that enhance the lives of individuals and families with special needs throughout the lifespan.

In September, 2010, Massachusetts received a three year grant from the Administration on Aging to:

  • Further develop a statewide respite coalition
  • Developing a comprehensive, accessible directory of services
  • Expand the availability of Lifespan Respite Services in Massachusetts

Update on MLRC Activities

In March 2013, the MLRC awarded $10,000 mini-grants each to the B.Fit! Program at The Boston Home; the Oak Square YMCA in Brighton; and the Hockomock YMCA in Attleboro to increase capacity for their innovative respite care programs. These programs provide respite care services for people with MS that benefits both the care recipient and the caregiver. This project represents a bold and necessary step to connect stressed families and friends with respite care services.

For further information about the MLRC and to join the Coalition, please visit the website at www.massrespite.org.

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Are you the caregiver for a loved one with MS?

SAVE THE DATE!! Friday, May 9, 2014

The 2014 Annual CARE Conference, “Connecting and Advocating Respite for Everyone”, hosted by the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC).

Time:
8 am to 4 pm

Where:
Best Western Royal
181 Boston Post
Marlborough, MA 01752

For more information, view the flyer.

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