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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Can Receive Respite

posted Nov 19, 2013, 6:17 PM by Latia Murray   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 6:18 PM ]

November is National Family Caregivers Month 2013. One group of caregivers that often gets overlooked is grandparents raising grandchildren.

Oklahoma ranks second in the nation in the percentage of grandparents raising grandchildren. More than 67,000 grandparents in Oklahoma are helping raise their grandchildren, and 58% of those provide for the basic needs of the child.

Most grandparents raising grandchildren are between ages 55 and 64. Approximately 20% to 25% are over 65. To qualify for the respite care program, grandparents must be 55 or over and raising their grandchildren or some other minor relative, such as a niece or nephew. This program provides $500 in vouchers for them to take a break from raising their grandchildren.  They can use these vouchers to hire the sitter of their choice.

“In an effort to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren or some other minor relative, the SWODA Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has a respite care program that is designed to give them a chance to take a break,” said Ada Vanderford, SWODA AAA Information and Assistance Specialist.

If you or someone you know would qualify for this program, contact Ada Vanderford, SWODA AAA Information and Assistance Specialist, at 1-800-627-4882, ext. 127.
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