Through Christian Appalachian Project’s Elderly Services program, CAP provides in-home respite to families throughout Eastern Kentucky who are caring for their loved ones, many of whom are suffering from an illness that requires 24-hour care.
In this service, CAP respite providers go into a caregiver’s home during a planned time and relieve them from their duties. This allows them to take some time for themselves and know their loved one is still being cared for. Some caregivers use this time to go to doctor’s appointments, shop, spend time with other family members, or read a book. Respite providers also offer a listening ear, provide resources and referrals, and offer emotional support.
To recognize these caregivers for all they do for their loved ones and the sacrifices they make, CAP staff recently treated them to a special day that was all about them.
A caregiver’s luncheon was held in Rockcastle and McCreary counties, where CAP staff cooked and served the caregivers lunch, played games with them, and provided musical entertainment, as well as an opportunity for the caregivers to share with one another.
Another event was held in Martin County, where caregivers were treated to a movie and dinner at a local pizza restaurant. For one of the caregivers, this was the first time she had ever been to a movie theater.
Caregivers sacrifice their time, social life, family life, and often their own health to keep their family members at home rather than seeking out-of-home placement. These events hosted by CAP give the caregivers a chance to take a break for themselves and be recognized for all they do.