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.
What is Massachusetts doing to address the needs of family caregivers?
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
2013 Update on MLRC Activities
Supplemental Funding for Respite Care Services
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.
National Lifespan Respite Conference
The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC) is hosting the National Lifespan Respite Conference, The Freedom Trail to Respite, on October 15-17, 2013 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Register at http://massrespite.org/.
For further information about the MLRC and to join the Coaltion, please visit the website at www.massrespite.org.