Thank you for your interest in donating to our nonprofit organization. We welcome any amount as either a one time or monthly sustaining gift. The following reasons to give help you understand what your support will mean. You honor us and our mission when you click the “donate” button.
Providing the family caregiver with respite means they may be able to take a leisurely shower or bath without the vigilance of being on call; have the chance to pick-up a book to read for pure pleasure; or have a meal without being interrupted for the next care crisis. These are the simple dignities you gift makes possible. For the client receiving professional care, respite can serve to elevate a sense of self-confidence. We deliver the simple dignities of respect, modesty, and patience as we assist with activities of daily living, while fostering independence and honoring personal choices. Your gift to our organization cultivates confidence, connectedness, and a sense of safety and security.
Take A Breather
The family caregivers who use our respite services regularly know that if they are at an emotional breaking point or physical exhaustion the next opportunity to take a breather is not too far away. Just knowing that soon there is help and hope can be enough for them to reach deep inside and find that reserve of patience and strength to avoid unintended instances of neglect or abuse. Your monthly gift may prevent neglect, verbal or physical abuse. At the same time a client receiving care may be experiencing a new point of view and a new way to be seen. A walk in the park, a fun group activity, or receiving assistance with a daily routine may be just the breather that a client needs.
Family caregivers are always balancing the needs of the member with special needs with those of the other family members. Those family members should not feel neglected. Respite care is needed to maintain equilibrium in the family. Imagine being able to attend a child’s school or sporting event, or parent/teacher conference without the challenge of bringing along a special needs family member. A child or adult with a disability or special need can often be the attention magnet of a family group. With respite care in place, a family caregiver is free to pursue special activities or quality one-on-one time with the sibling that is regularly holding the short end of the attention stick.
Most family caregivers can’t remember the last time they went to a hairdresser, the dentist, or the grocery store without worrying about the needs of their loved one at home. The movie theatre or a concert is simply out of the question. Respite care is the key that grants access to the community activities of choice. For a client that is homebound to see a play, go to a museum, or go for a swim all have positive benefits. A trained, physically capable professional caregiver is often the door-opener to a new world of enriching experiences for the client with special needs. Your gift makes it possible for the caregiver and client to be enriched through to access their community.
Save A Job
There are many understanding employers willing to grant a bit of leeway to the employee who has responsibilities of care for someone with special needs, but there are some employers not as flexible. Without respite care, the need to be responsive to the unexpected health care appointment or hospital visit can conflict with a job that provides a vital source of income. Having a care solution between the end of school and the end of the caregiver’s workday may be the single most important thing for both the family caregiver and the client. There are no worries about cutting out of work early or putting a job in jeopardy – that is what respite can do!