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As the buzz (complete with charts, graphs,
statistics and footnotes) begins to subside on the
professional chats, blogs and discussion groups about the
relative value of caregiving, I thought it was time to hear from the
true experts - you.
Seriously, statistics are tremendously important to legislators
as they decide their funding priorities, since they need to know
that they are funding programs which make a difference to their
constituents. Yet, more important than any briefing
books they may receive on the value of respite care to
caregivers, is hearing for you. Pick up a pen, pencil, crayon or
the phone and let your legislators know how important respite is
to you as you care for your loved ones.
By the way, it couldn't hurt to let them know that as well as a
caregiver and a constituent, you are also a voter.
Your Respite Comments:
brother and I provide caregiving for both parents. We all work
full time, but since I have no children, I am currently doing
more of the caregiving tasks...
for each and everyone who works hard in their countries, states,
and communities for funding of respite care! It provides a
necessary and useful pause for caregivers...Continued
This may not
be the mainstream idea of respite, but this is what I do...!
My wife of 39
years, 8 months was head injured in a car crash almost 18 years
ago. She has been unable to work ever since...Continued
I am the
56-year-old caregiver of my 72-year-old husband who is
completely disabled by Fragile X Associated Tremor Ataxia