Posted May 31, 2007

Respite, the most frequently requested family support service, has been
shown to provide family caregivers with the relief necessary to
maintain their own health, bolster family stability, keep marriages
intact, and avoid or delay more costly nursing home or foster care
placements.

The Lifespan Respite Care Act authorizes competitive grants to Aging and Disability Resource Centers in collaboration with a public or private non-profit state respite coalition or organization to make quality respite available and accessible to
family caregivers regardless of age or disability. The law allows
grantees to identify, coordinate and build on federal, state and local
respite resources and funding streams, and would help support, expand
and streamline planned and emergency respite, provider recruitment and
training, and caregiver training.

Your help is needed… contact your legislators and urge them to fund the Lifespan Respite Care Act as $40 million for FY 2008.  For more information please visit Lifespan Respite Care Act Site.  There are links to help you contact your legislator and learn more.

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