Caregivers are the backbone of the long-term care system, but it is a difficult task. Too often, these caregivers are so consumed by their responsibilities caring for a loved one that they are unable to focus on their own physical and emotional needs – with dire results.
The goal of the public campaign is to get friends and family members of caregivers to recognize and embrace their role as a potential companion to that caregiver. Getting more people to be companions of caregivers will result in caregivers getting a break, helping them reduce stress levels, and allowing them to more effectively care for themselves and their loved one with a memory impairment.
When a caregiver needs additional support beyond what friends and loved ones can provide, Eldersource may be able to pair the caregiver with a formal respite volunteer. Respite volunteers can give caregivers of people with early dementia a break to take time for themselves or run errands.
The Caregiver Respite Project is a collaborative initiative led by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, the Ad Council of Rochester, the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester Area Community Foundation, AARP, Catholic Family Center, Community Place of Greater Rochester, Eldersource, Monroe County Office of the Aging, Monroe County Caregiver Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the University of Rochester.