HASTINGS, Neb. - (KSNB) People who are tasked with providing care for family members or friends occasionally just need to take a break. That's where a Respite Care Provider comes into play.
People interested in being a respite care provider, or family care givers, are encouraged to attend a free training session February 1 in Hastings. (Source: KSNB)
According to a release from Hastings Respite Care, "respite" means to take a break. All caregivers need an occasional break from their caregiver role to relax, attend to business or personal needs or just to have time for themselves.
Respite care providers give them those breaks and come to their homes to help out. Caring for a loved one with special needs takes a physical and emotional toll. That's why it's important for caregivers to receive a break.
"They put so much of their life on hold caring for someone in their family with special needs," said Jinx Hackler, respite care coordinator for Hastings Respite Care. "They sometime forget about their own needs."
Respite care providers will come into the home to provide that assistance. But, they too need a little help knowing just what to do.
"It's difficult for someone to go into another person's home and step in for them and take care of them," said Hackler. "And take as good of care of them as the family takes care of them."
There will be a training session in Hastings February 1 to allow Respite Care Providers to learn what is needed to provide this service. It could also be a good session for Family Caregivers to provide as well.
The free training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hastings Head Start building (123 Marian Road).
Anyone interested in attending to asked to contact Hackler at Hastings Respite Care by calling (402) 463-8124.