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Respite – What Does It Mean?

Respite – what does it mean? For some, it means being able to go to the grocery store, unaccompanied by another who needs assistance or supervision. For others, it means being able to go on a 'date' with your sweetheart while knowing a person who is typically provided care and support is being cared for by a capable person in your absence. For others, it's an opportunity for a parent who has a child with intensive care needs to spend focused time with other family members, including the needy child's siblings. Respite - the means to allow people who are caregivers to enjoy a break from caregiving and enjoy a varied and interesting life.

Who benefits from respite? Everyone! Respite creates winners – included are the caregiver who reclaims part of his or her life as a non-caregiver for a time, the person who needs care who may establish an ongoing…

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A Caregiver’s Story

When the wife of a chronically ill man called to ask about respite, as there are many similar calls each week, there was decidedly a tone of defeat in her voice; she clearly did not expect any positive outcome but was simply going through the motions of “one more call for help.”

Throughout the intake process, she repeatedly apologized for needing help. She explained that in addition to her husband’s deteriorating condition, she had just undergone a double mastectomy which made caring for him at home near to impossible. While there was someone coming over to help with his personal hygiene a couple times a week, the rest of the care and general everyday activities were on her shoulders. She resignedly muttered, “I don’t know how we are going to get through this. We don’t have any family in the area. My neighbors are nice but I can’t keep asking them…

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Thank a Caregiver

Thank a caregiver. This sentence is simple, yet so complex. We see this sentence posted on the Tennessee Respite Coalition website, social media pages, at events and spoken so often. As I reflect on who I personally need to thank, many are often nameless faces who have given selflessly without the need for a thank you. These are the people who have chosen caregiving as a career path or have a passion for volunteering. Other individuals for whom I can name, come in the form of family, friends and neighbors.

The first and one of the most impactful names that comes to mind is my NeNe (grandmother). She spent over 20 years taking care of my Ganpa (grandfather) after he suffered through multiple strokes starting in his late 50s. Knowing now about the services TRC offers to caregivers across Tennessee, I know she would have greatly benefited from some respite over…

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Beer and Cheese Sponsorship Opportunities

Get your tickets to Beer and Cheese today! If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, you can pay for your sponsorship through the donate page and email Mandy at mandy.hansen@tnrespite.org with the level you want and your contact information. She will be in touch with you to discuss your sponsorship benefits.
The Keg  $1,000  (2 Available)

Company name and logo on event marketing materials
Recognition in all announcements, press releases and media opportunities
Product or literature displayed at event
12 tickets to event
Recognition from stage at event
Acknowledgement in TRC Newsletter
1 facebook/twitter post

The Growler $500

Product or literature displayed at event
8 tickets to event
Recognition from stage at event
Acknowledgement in TRC Newsletter
1 facebook/twitter post

The Six Pack $250

4 tickets to event
Recognition from stage at event
Acknowledgement in TRC Newsletter
1 facebook/twitter post

Patron $100

2 tickets to event
Acknowledgement in TRC Newsletter
1 facebook/twitter post

 
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