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Respite Care: A Critical Public Health Intervention

Family caregivers, whether for a parent, child, another family member, or friend, often do not realize the impacts that may happen to their health and are at a higher risk of several complicated health-related issues themselves. In return, feeling burnt out can limit the quality of care that they can provide to the care recipients. Respite Care Association of Wisconsin’s (RCAW’s) project manager, Rachel Watkins-Petersen addressed the matter, “Respite care is a critical public health intervention.  The effects of round-the-clock

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Governor’s Task Force Addresses Support for Caretakers

Caregiving is in a critical state and a task force was established in response to the dire need for direction, recommendations, and protocols to address and improve the current situation for caretakers. With “an estimated 580,000 family caregivers and more than 90,000 direct care workers in [Wisconsin],” it is time to provide the necessary help and support this group of individuals needs now more than ever before. (gtfc.wisconsin.gov) “The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving was created to support and strengthen

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Caregiver Coach Expresses Vital Service in RCAW

Family caregivers experience many hardships.  As if their role of taking care of someone round-the-clock isn’t exhausting enough, there are many additional things that fall into their wheelhouse that others don’t think about.  Applications for services, medical appointments, budgets, insurance, and advocacy also take up much of their time and energy. Getting a break from these duties isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity.  Affording to pay someone to provide respite care is oftentimes a barrier in receiving that break

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Respite Care

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Respite Care

You can’t pour from an empty cup… receive respite, and fill back up! http://respitecarewi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/About-Us-Video-Compressed.mp4 What is Respite Care? According to ARCH National Respite Network, respite care is “planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers who are caring for that child or adult.” Respite care allows family caregivers an opportunity to rest, refresh, and recharge; as caregivers report, they often feel fatigued, burnt out, and exhausted.

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Quick & Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Caregivers

The holiday season can bring happiness and joy along with extra stress. It’s a time to focus on giving thanks and appreciation for all the things we have, yet so much time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. Instead of giving time to create a meal, we want you to focus on yourself and your family! So, we are provided some easy Thanksgiving-themed meals that you can prepare and cook in less time. Frozen or

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