New Daybreak program provides short-term respite to caregivers of seniors, adults with disabilities

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

In order to give the best care, one must care for themselves first.

That’s not just a cool slogan for a refrigerator-magnet.

The demands of around-the-clock caregiving can wear out the most energetic, devoted or connected caregiver out there.

"Caregivers often sacrifice their own needs, and the emotional and physical experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person," says Carmel Froemke, Team Lead of Aging Life Care™ at LSSND. "The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can take a heavy toll on all involved.”

In efforts to help local caregivers avoid depression and burnout, our Aging Life Care™ team introduces the Daybreak Program, which can give carers a break when they need it, so they can be there when they're needed.

At the same time, Daybreak provides wonderful opportunities for those they care for to socialize, try new things, meet new people and have fun.

Even better, certain caregivers may qualify for a Lifespan Respite Grant, which can help cover the cost of services. (More on that later.)

Read on for answers to some of our FAQs.

What exactly is Daybreak?

Daybreak is a drop-off or reserve-ahead respite-care program, stationed at the Legacy Living Center, 419 5th St. N.E. in Jamestown.

Our available hours at Legacy are:

· 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided) Tuesdays

· 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays

Who will staff the program?

The program is supervised by Jim Holben, a Licensed Master Social Worker/Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, who has 30+ years of experience in working with people with disabilities.

Direct-care will be provided by volunteers and trained and caring staff (Certified Nursing Assistant), who are certified in first aid and CPR, and trained to work with a variety of special needs. As such, our CNA team is qualified to assist with toileting and transfers and other cares as necessary.

Who qualifies as a caregiver?

Anyone who provides full- or part-time care for a family member, friend or neighbor and is searching for a safe, positive environment where their friend or loved one can stay for a few hours.

What types of programming will you offer?

Our goal is to provide a healthy mix of engaging, interactive activities to address the guest’s well-being, while also striving to match those activities to meet individual interests, needs and abilities.

This could include:

· Physical activities: yoga, walking, chair exercises, bowling, horseshoes and bocce ball.

· Social activities: games, cards, movies, arts and crafts, special events, holiday parties, volunteer opportunities.

· Soul-sustaining activities: reminiscing sessions, movies, art and crafts, music, cooking, painting and spectator sports.

· Cognitive activities: therapeutic music, reminiscing, learn by doing, storytelling, board games such as Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune and trivia.

What if there's an emergency while a guest is with you?

Staff conduct a complete intake regarding the guest's health history beforehand so we can ensure the best care.

We collect all relevant information at the first visit so we can guarantee the best and safest care for each individual. We will ask you to help complete a therapeutic recreation assessment, risk assessment, medical-information form, emergency-contact form and general Lutheran Social Services assessment. We also will ask you to identify any potential concerns such as wandering, aggression, etc. that will help ensure the safety of all guest.

Our CNAs are trained on how to respond to a wide range of emergencies. The Daybreak Respite-Care Center has a first-aid kit and AED machine within the building.

What does the program cost?

The rate is $20 per hour for respite care at Legacy, and $28/hour for in-home care made by appointment.

Daybreak staff are QSP certified. They can assist caregivers in applying for a Lifespan Respite Grant to help cover cost of services.

How can I learn more?

Contact LSSND Aging Life Care™ at 701-271-3295 (Jim) or 701-271-3232 (Carmel)

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