Who will you help by giving to the Tennessee Respite Coalition on #GivingTuesday?
A wife in her early 80s is the caregiver for her husband with Parkinson’s Disease. Respite allowed her to go out to lunch and have some time outside of the house, knowing her husband was safe. It was so beneficial that she is already planning ahead for future respite time.
A husband and father in his late 50s and his wife were the caregivers of their son with special needs. Last year, the wife had a stroke that left her needing full-time care. Between trying to hold down a job and caring for his wife and child, the man has had no opportunity to take any kind of break for himself.
A mother in her 30s takes care of her preschool-aged child with a severe emotional disability. Since being approved for the respite voucher program, she has used respite vouchers to enjoy much-needed time for herself. During her respite time, she got to enjoy time at the library, go shopping alone, and eat lunch with a friend.
A mother is the sole caregiver for her young twin daughters. They both have a condition in which their bones grow too quickly, causing excruciating pain and atypical physical development. The girls have to be homeschooled, so they and the mother are always together. The strain eventually took a toll two years ago when the mother had a minor stroke. Since receiving the respite voucher, she was able to take her first true break in years to spend time with friends.
Respite is the gift of time for family caregivers!
Please give to the TRC to help these and all the caregivers in Tennessee get the time they need.