Gary Barg: Jill,
tell me what an ARCH National
Respite Network and Resource Center
is and why respite is so important
to family caregivers.
Jill Kagan: First of
all, we believe respite is so
important to family caregivers
because of the tremendous work they
are constantly doing, as ongoing
caregivers. Many of them, as you
know, work 24/7 and often do not
even have the opportunity to go to
church, to take care of themselves
by going to their own physician,
doing things that they enjoy doing
so that they can continue to provide
that care to their loved ones. ARCH
has been around since the early
1990s to help educate the public and
policymakers about the importance of
respite and why it is so central to
their well-being and their quality
of life. We are currently providing
training and technical assistance to
State Lifespan Respite Programs,
which are federally-funded systems
of coordinated respite services. We
hope it will make it easier for
family caregivers to access the
respite that they need.
Gary Barg: When we say
respite, it is one of those
wonderful words that are so
important to family caregivers; but
what is entailed? What do you
consider appropriate respite family
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