Most of our clients live with family members or in group homes. The constant attention they require is provided by a caregiver, a person (or persons) who may or may not be a member of the client’s family. Being a caregiver can be a very tasking and stressful job, particularly for those who have jobs, are attending school, have medical issues of their own or who are elderly.
At the Foundation, we provide caregivers with time to take care of themselves or others they have responsibility for and we refer to this “break” as respite care.
So while our programs and services are primarily focused on clients, we also have a powerful and positive effect on those who are responsible for their well being during the evenings and on weekends…their caregivers.
In a recent survey of caregivers, 99 percent of those responding said the Foundation improved their quality of life and had made life better for them and their loved ones.
Some sample comments made by caregivers include:
“It gives me freedom.”
“It gives me joy to see my loved one happy.”
“I feel blessed to have this place.”
“She has a life away from Mom and Dad.”
Caregivers are also generous in sharing their feelings about how the Foundation makes a positive difference in the lives of their loved ones.
When asked if their loved one enjoyed coming to the Foundation, 98 percent said yes, and 91 percent responded that their loved one had improved his or her social skills as a result of Foundation activities.
Some comments from caregivers related to this survey include:
“I am at ease knowing he is getting the best possible care and is safe.”
“She is happy so I am happy.”
“Respite allows me time to be a better sister and caregiver.”
“It gives me joy seeing her being happy because she is with people she cares about, and they care for her.”
“She is excited each day to go to the Foundation. She usually does not like to go out.”
“I feel peace, because when he was at another organization he was in frequent conflict and received numerous write ups. It is nice to have him look forward to each day.”
“He’s upset if the Foundation is closed for bad weather.”
“He stands at the door waiting for the bus.”