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Sign the Petition to Congress: Make Respite for Family Caregivers a Priority

congressARCH National Respite Coalition created a petition last night asking Congress to make respite for family caregivers a national priority.

The petition reads:

To: Congress
The 65 million family caregivers in the US need respite. It is among the most frequently requested support services, yet 90% of family caregivers are not receiving respite of any kind. The consequences can be serious. Without support, many family caregivers of children and adults with disabilities and chronic conditions face stress-related physical and emotional illnesses, marital discord, and even higher rates of mortality. The effect on government programs and on the overall economy can be devastating. Respite can help improve family well-being, the risk of abuse or neglect, and help avoid or delay more costly hospitalizations, emergency room use, or foster care and nursing home placements. Keep respite funding in place and make it easier for family caregivers to find, use and pay for respite when and where they need it.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

I signed the petition; you can sign, too, by clicking the link below:

http://www.change.org/petitions/congress-respite-for-family-caregivers-needs-to-be-a-national-priority

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.

2 comments

  1. Signed! Thanks for sharing @denise.

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    Thanks, when my grandmother had personal care her respite kept getting cut back. It’s a much needed service for caregivers and should be a priority.

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