SWODA Aging Services offers respite to caregivers

posted Nov 20, 2017, 6:53 AM by Mary Peck

November is National Family Caregivers Month honoring for their dedication in taking care of their loved ones and for them to know they are not alone in their struggle to help their loved ones. The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has a program that may benefit many caregivers in southwestern Oklahoma.

The SWODA AAA may provide for respite services for eligible caregivers in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Caregivers are defined as "people of any age caring for someone 60 years of age or older with two Activities of Daily Living impairments (dressing, bathing, eating, transferring, toileting, or walking) and/or requiring substantial assistance because of a cognitive or other mental impairment."

Studies have shown that caregivers will give better care, maintain their own health, and have reduced levels of stress if they can get away from the responsibilities of providing care even if for only a few hours. Respite does just that. It provides a way for a caregiver to get out of the everyday routine of caring for their loved one. For example, a caregiver has the option of using respite services to go to a doctor’s appointment, get their hair done, visit friends at a coffee shop, or even go to a movie.

 These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act funds from SWODA AAA and DHS Aging Services

It is policy of SWODA AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

To apply for respite services, a caregiver should call the SWODA AAA at 1-800-627-4882, ext 127.