Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a caregiver?
A caregiver is a person providing ongoing care for a loved one. Caregivers consist of the following: spouses, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, grandparents, friends, or any relatives who provide a wide range of help for older individuals or grandchildren.
Is there a service where I can find a break or relief from my caregiving responsibilities?
Yes. The Respite Voucher Program provides financial assistance to caregivers in the form of vouchers that can be used to pay for respite care so the caregiver can take a break. Contact the South Plains Family Caregiver Support Program at 1-800-858-1809.
What is Respite?
Respite provides a temporary short-term relief for families and caregivers who need a break from the responsibilities of caring for a child or adult. Respite can range from a few hours to a week or more, depending on the needs and resources of the family. Respite can occur in the family's home, the home of a friend or relative, a daycare center or even a church. Respite can be used for lots of things, like visiting family or friends, run errands, spending an evening at the movies or taking a vacation. Some parents use respite so they can spend time with another child or with their spouse. The benefits of respite are many and include reducing stress on the caregiver, family and improve caregiving.
Where can I find information dealing with caregiving?
You can find information at various resources: caregiver resource libraries, World Wide Web, support groups, South Plains Family Caregiver Support Program, and caregiver forums.
Where can I find a support or guidance?
You are not alone. There are others out there who feel the same as you do. Call South Plains Family Caregiver Support Program for support or ask for a licensed counselor or find a support group near you or on-line. Support is needed to navigate the troubled but so rewarding waters of caregiving.