THIS MONTHS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES
- ABA THERAPY TRAINING
- MARCH IS INTELLECTUAL/DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH
- 6TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL IS MARCH 27TH & MARCH 28TH, 2017
- FAMILIES IN ACTION
- SUMMER POOL PARTY
- WE NEED YOU AS A VOLUNTEER
- ARC THRIFT STORE
- CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE ARC OF WELD COUNTY
Please watch for the many activities that the Arc of Weld County will be sponsoring during the month of March, as a way of honoring those individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Check out www.arcweldcounty for upcoming events or you can call 970-353-5219 and inquire.
While everyone agrees that caregivers need respite, what we cannot agree on, is how we can make it happen. There are disagreements on what respite model to use, how we should provide respite, who is going to pay for respite, and who is going to provide respite.
There are many different models of respite and no single model works best for all people across the lifespan whose caregivers need respite.Home-Based
- Companion Services
- Host Homes
- Residential Facilities
- Day Programs or Centers
Why don’t caregivers just take a break?There are several reasons why families decline respite care. Some of the most common things said by families include:
- "I feel guilty"
- "No one else can take care of my loved one"
- "I can take care," "I should take care" or "it is my responsibility to take care"
- "I don’t understand the meaning and benefits of respite care and don’t have time to gather this information"
How do we create community?
First we must recognize our situations look different but our needs are the same. Whether you are caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s or a child with autism- all caregivers need a break.
The first step is to get involved. The Arc of Weld County helps facilitate quarterly Northern Colorado Respite Coalition Meetings with a call in option. We need your help, your voice, and your story to paint a picture to the community about the need for respite.
Join a respite coalition in your area, if there is not a respite coalition in your area, contact the state respite coalition and ask how you can be involved. By working together we can let our voices be heard. Together we CAN make a difference.