ELKO — RSVP continues its series of quarterly training sessions for their Respite Program volunteers and invites members of the community to join. Family caregivers are especially encouraged to attend this important and informative free training session. Featured speakers include Susan C. Haas, Interim Executive Director of RSVP; Dr. Deb Cash, Family Counselor and Caregiver Support Leader; Debbie Posnien, Executive Director of Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County, and Susan Gulas. R.N., Coordinator for the American Parkinson Disease Association.
The training will be from 9 -11:30 a.m. today at Great Basin College, 1630 College Parkway in the Clinton Circle Conference Room, Elko.
Respite (time off) for family caregivers is an essential program which provides relief for several hours at a time giving regular breaks a couple of times per week to family caregivers who provide care to their loved ones. Volunteers are well trained, background checked, and carefully matched with caregivers and their loved ones. This assistance is a key component in lowering the overwhelming stress of caregivers who provide nonstop care. If the family member becomes ill or dies as a result of their 24/7 service; the one being cared for will have to be institutionalized. A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association states that elderly spousal caregivers with a history of chronic illness themselves who are experiencing caregiving related stress have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving peers.
Family caregivers are encouraged to contact RSVP to apply for this free lifesaving service. Early intervention is key. Don’t wait until you are about to break down to receive the assistance that you need to continue your care giving and to keep yourself healthy.
For information or to register and hold your place, contact Karen Taufer, RSVP Field Representative for Elko County at 753-4060. Refreshments will be provided and there will be time for questions and discussion.