The past year has increased the awareness - and need - for support for those who are responsible for caring for an ailing family member.
Through an innovative partnership, UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services provide resources for caregivers, particuarly respite opportunities, which offers family caregivers a temporary break from the ongoing demands of caring for their loved one with a disability or medical condition. Respite is provided in the home or while participating in community activities agreed on with the family caregivers.
"Caregivers need a break to care for themselves,” says Kim Falk, UNMC respite employer engagement coordinator. “Most caregivers don't even realize respite resources are available. You qualify for respite if you have a family member with a disability, chronic health condition or aging parents or grandparents with special health care needs. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are partnering with Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska to share Respite Resources with our employees, (including UNO)."
Found out more about Respite Resources available
What Respite Resources Do You Need?
Following several years of offering respite resources to UNMC and UNO employees, the Munroe Meyer Institute would like to determine how the current Network can better support working caregivers and help employers understand the needs of those caregivers.
For those who have used, or are in need of, respite services. Please consider completing the following survey.
Individuals Sought to be Respite Providers
UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), together with DHHS’ Nebraska Respite Program, are also looking for individuals interested in being trained to provide respite care services.
Those eligible for training as respite providers — both paid and volunteer — must be over the age of 14. However, requirements to provide paid respite vary by program or funding source.
Research indicates that family caregivers who are able to receive some respite are better caregivers. Respite can be as simple as being able to spend time with other family members, taking care of personal business, getting medical care, going shopping or taking a bath without having to worry.
Families who provide care for other family members may be eligible for up to a $125 month subsidy for respite caregiving services. Those who qualify include providers of ongoing care for spouses or partners with disabilities, parents of adults or children with disabilities and adults caring for siblings or parents with disabilities.
For more information, contact Kim Falk at 402.559.4951 or email email@example.com.
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