NYSCRC Newsletter March 2016
Update on Erie County Faith Based Drop In Respite Programs
In 2009 Erie County opened a Drop In Respite Center for people diagnosed with early stage Dementia under the direction of Lisa Rood. With the support of Erie County the program now has 8 drop in Centers located in area churches and senior centers throughout the Buffalo area. Erie County provides a $1000 start up grant for programs meeting minimal requirements, written approval by the host site, one piece of marketing material and one confirmed program participant.

Each of the Centers provides 4 hours of programming per month.  All allow for caregivers to drop off their loved one who has a dementia diagnoses.  The Centers are independent of one another, yet offer similar programming at each site.   Programs are staffed completely with amazing volunteers, all Centers strive for a 1:1 match with "Guests"

Caregivers are confident and secure in knowing that their loved one is in a nurturing and safe environment.  The days are filled with chatter and laughter, crafts, exercise, sing-a-longs, pet therapy, BINGO and lots of food. 

Kevin Karstadt, Director of the Eden Lutheran Church Drop In Center reports that it takes about 25 volunteers to host one day of Respite - Volunteers provided 1:1 support for guests, prepare and serve lunch and snacks, provide crafts and games..."every activity takes prior planning and support the day of the program." There are 14 "guests" enrolled at Eden. Kevin proudly states
"My Volunteers are on Fire"  

Training is provided by the Alzheimer's Association.

Lisa Rood reports that there are plans for four additional programs in the area!!!


The dedicated volunteers
Dedicated Volunteers of Trinity Old Lutheran Church

FREE RESPITE PROGRAMS FOR THE MEMORY IMPAIRED IN ERIE COUNTY

 

 

 

 

Faith Based Community Respite 

Respite programs, especially those in rural settings, often find themselves with limited resources. Faith communities, on the other hand, have resources such as facilities, volunteers and, in some cases, expertise that should no longer be ignored.
Historically, faith communities in the United States have been vital in shaping and supporting the larger community of which they are a part. In the early years of our nation, faith communities often provided the only existing social services, such as education and healthcare. They also provided significant input into the social concerns of the day, with the meeting house often doubling as a place for political assembly. 
Over time, however, this social involvement slowly diminished. As government increasingly met society's social and economic needs, faith communities began to limit their focus to society's spiritual needs.
Today that focus is changing again, as a growing number of faith communities seek to serve not only the spiritual needs of their congregations but also the many different social needs in the larger community to which they belong.
Congregations wanting to improve their communities, however, may not know how to meet this goal. At the same time, programs that provide direct services may be reluctant to tie into the vast network of resources within a faith community for fear of offending nonmembers. This is a real concern but one that can be addressed with good communication.   Respite programs, especially those in rural settings, often find themselves with limited resources. Faith communities, on the other hand, have resources such as facilities, volunteers and, in some cases, expertise that should no longer be ignored.
                                      -ARCH National Resource Center

Faith Based Respite Resource Links


2015 LIFESPAN RESPITE RE AUTHORIZATION ACT
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY

 


BROOKDALE NATIONAL RESPITE GROUP REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
SEED GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR THE START OF DEMENTIA DAY PROGRAMS

OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
GREATER ROCHESTER HEALTH FOUNDATION


COMING SOON!!

REST TRAINING WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NYS CAREGIVING AND RESPITE COALITION

Respite Education and Support Tools 





 

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