Respite Awareness

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Taking care of a sick or disabled family member can be a full-time job. Combine that with life's regular, daily duties and it's often too much for some people to handle. So Saturday, area health care organizations teamed up to let Marathon County residents know help is available.

People suffering from serious disabilities and sicknesses, such as Cerebral Palsey and Alzheimers, require a lot of care. Taking care of a sick or disabled family member can be a full-time job, and when that responsibility falls to a family member, it can add an enormous amount of stress to their life.

"When you're dealing with someone with a chronic or long-term disease," said Nora Sebora, UCP North Central Wisconsin, "If you don't take care of yourself, it just is a very difficult situation."

Sebora is part of a non-profit respite program that gives families much-needed time off from having to care for their sick loved ones. She says there a number of these programs operating in Wisconsin, and thanks to grants and county assistance, help is available to nearly anyone regardless of their economic status.

Judy Ryan says taking her epileptic son to a licensed care-provider gives her family more time together and leaves her with the piece of mind that her child is in good hands.

"It eases a lot of worry about who you leave them with and if they're getting the correct care," said Ryan.

Tyler's home for kids has an activity day the second Saturday of every month. Not only does the program give parents a break, coordinator Jennifer Poppy says it also provides the kids a chance to play with other kids.

"So the kids can face paint, play with sensory, like brains and stuff," said Poppy, "do some art projects and just have fun with other children socially."

If you'd like more information on Respite care, call: 847-1175.

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