Respite for Caregivers
The Brain Injury Alliance recognizes and celebrates the individuals who provide care and support to those living with Brain Injury. We are passionate about the role you play and understand it is fundamental to the success of those we serve. Research indicates that caregivers supporting individuals with brain injury are at a greater risk for experiencing burnout. Therefore, the Brain Injury Alliance, in coordination with Lifespan Respite Washington, has come together to assist unpaid caregivers to achieve their respite needs.
Respite is a short but vital break from recurrent stress or difficult situations. It plays a critical role in alleviating:
- Stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure) and can impact our quality of life and mental health (medicinenet.com).
- “Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” It often occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and are unable to meet constant demands. Furthermore, if Burnout goes untreated, it can lower your immune system, impact your mental health, and lead to disengagement. One way to alleviate Burnout is to find ample time to yourself. Respite is one way this is achieved.
- Negative feelings or fatigue
- A negative emotion is best described as anger, frustration, guilt, nervousness and fear. Negative emotions often shape your experiences, environment, and impact your mental health.
- Fatigue impacts your social and emotional wellness. It is best defined as extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion.
And works to promote:
- Positive mental health
- Mental clarity
Respite is tailored to each individual’s needs. It could be shopping alone for an hour or two, a short vacation, or time to yourself. Lifespan Respite Washington is offering up to $1000 in vouchers to assist UNPAID caregivers with their respite needs who meet the following qualifications:
- You provide 40 or more hours of unpaid care per week to an adult or child with special needs
- You (the caregiver) and the care receiver reside in Washington state
- The care receiver is not enrolled in a Medicaid or other program that provides respite service, unless on a wait list and not scheduled to receive services within 30 days of application; and
- You are unable afford to pay privately for respite on your own.
Depending on your specific needs, the Respite Voucher can assist with overnights, adult day programs, day camps or camp for your child, assist with plan or emergent care, and much more.
Follow this link to learn more about PAVE and how they support unpaid caregivers in Washington State LifeSpanRespiteWA.org
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