A message from the
National Director of REST
As we celebrate the REST program's
, since launching the program in February 2013, it is frustrating to acknowledge that we are still finding many of the same challenges we faced in 2013.
REST has been part of the conversation to provide a prescription for respite so that caregivers can stay in the workforce, continue to support their family and plan for retirement. The dosage of respite would be paid by the insurance companies with a copay to caregivers.
Despite the acknowledgement that the lack of support for caregiving is a public health crisis Federal programs to support caregivers are still struggling to be funded. Further exacerbating the problem, local resources are hard to navigate and are poorly funded. New innovative resources are not recognized due to a lack of awareness and evidence based data.
Caregivers are receiving training to successfully transition their loved ones back home - only to find out that the respite support which is so desperately needed is available only to those who can afford to pay $25.00 per hour (or more!) through home care agencies. Those who cannot afford to pay end up depressed, isolated, and in poor health.
More needs to be done to coordinate efforts to bring accessible and affordable respite across the nation.