When faced with the daily challenges of care giving, it’s important to have an opportunity to rest and have personal time. The Sonoma Valley Respite Program provides a brief, but necessary break for the caregivers of Alzheimer patients.
When Alzheimer patients suffer from withdrawal, physical disability and confusion, they often become socially isolated. The Respite Program can offer the participants an opportunity to gather for the following activities:
• Gentle Exercises
• Lively discussions on current events, feelings, etc.
• Visits from school children
• Pet Visits
• And More!
Participation is not limited to those with Alzheimer’s Disease, patients who have dementia or brain injury due to other degenerative diseases may also attend.
Our emphasis is on the family’s need for respite; referrals can come from anyone in the community: physicians, family, friends, case managers, etc.
One caregiver had this to say, “Without the Respite Program I wouldn’t have had time to spend with my daughter or time to get things done. I left my aunt, free from worry with the knowledge that she was safe.”
Because the cost or providing Day Activities is so high ($45 per person, per day), we must rely heavily on donations. We ask you to contribute what you can to keep this important program going. However, no one will be denied access to the program regardless of his or her ability to donate.
For more information about Council on Aging’s Sonoma Valley Respite Program,
please call Connie Aust at 525-0143 x108.