Working with the Family
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What Day Care Staff Can Do Identify providers of temporary and overnight respite services in the community, and prepare a listing for the family members. Some staff members may be interested in working evenings or weekends as in-home caregivers. Put them on the list, with telephone numbers and rates, if this is not against agency policy. Churches or senior citizen’s centers in the community may have lists of members who are willing to provide respite care. The social service department or discharge planner at local hospitals may also have such a list. Other family members may use or know of appropriate individuals or agencies. Or they may be willing to start a cooperative respite service, taking care of each other’s patients periodically. Ask them. Local nursing homes or board-andcare homes may have temporary services for demented patients whose families are out of town briefly. Investigate this, and be forthright to your families regarding how much you know about the people on the list or whether you can recommend them. It may take a full day or two to search out these resources, but it will be a real service to families.