HOPE HOSPICE LAUNCHES DEMENTIA-FOCUSED CAREGIVER RESPITE PROGRAM Low- and middle-income families in select Tri-Valley cities can apply for free respite care
DUBLIN, CA – Hope Hospice has launched a new community service to help local families care for a loved one living with dementia. The Family Caregiver Respite Program provides award recipients with 16 hours of complimentary care in their home from a participating agency. It’s not required that the patient be on Hope’s hospice service. Families may reapply monthly, but priority consideration will be given to new applicants.
Initial funding for the Respite Care program came from the now-dissolved Tri-Valley Adult Day Care organization. Hope Hospice facilitates this Program to help low- and middle-income family caregivers experience the benefits of respite care. This program is supported by grants and donations and is available as long as it remains funded. At this time, the initial grantor has outlined the following qualifying criteria.
You are the primary family caregiver for a loved one living with dementia diagnosed by a physician.
You and the patient reside in San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, or Livermore.
Individuals seeking more information or wish to apply should visit HopeHospice.com/respite. Or, call (925) 829-8770 to request a hardcopy application.
Why is Respite Care Important? “The stress that family caregivers experience as their loved one declines can be staggering,” says Gia Barsell, Manager of Dementia Services and Community Education at Hope Hospice. “Whether you have help from other family members and friends, or you’re forging alone, you likely feel overwhelmed and exhausted most of the time. It’s imperative for your own well-being to carve out time for self-care. Simply put, self-care is time away from your caregiving responsibilities at home; you might use the time for a social outing, attending church or a book club, a massage, or exercise.”
Respite care is a term to describe short-term relief for the family caregiver by providing a qualified individual to watch over your loved one while you take time for personal appointments or any sort of self-care. Consistent respite care will help you lower your stress level and fuel the other areas of your life.
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About Hope Hospice Hope Hospice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, proudly serving the Tri-Valley and neighboring East Bay cities since 1980. Learn more about our services and community programs at www.HopeHospice.com or contact us at (925) 829-8770.