The BREAK (Building Respite Evidence and Knowledge) Exchange newsletter at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing.
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Welcome to the BREAK Exchange
We’re beginning our University of Wisconsin – Madison Global Health Institute 1-year grant for us to further develop the BREAK Exchange! We will be posting more frequently on Facebook and Twitter, sending monthly newsletters, and facilitating quarterly webinars to share the latest news on respite. We look forward to being able to grow this project and help improve respite systems around the world!
Respite policy briefing at Wisconsin respite camp
On July 30, 2019, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute hosted a health policy panel on the importance of respite care. the panel members included researchers, respite providers, nurses, family caregivers, and care receivers.
The Population Health Institute was able to bring attendees from state to national representatives, department of health services employees and some media to help spread awareness to the need for improving respite care.
Everyone on the panel shared the importance of respite in their own life. A parent explained her need for respite and providing emergency respite for other families that didn’t have any other options. Care recipients’ views on respite were very interesting. Respite gave them a break as well from the duties of managing caregivers and gave them an opportunity to “forget about having a disability” for a little while.
We hope that this panel opened the minds of the attendees in a way so that they take action in improving respite care.
September BREAK Exchange webinar
On September 18, 2019, BREAK Exchange will be hosting a webinar to introduce everyone to the team, our mission, and our plan for the future. The webinar will be held here.
We will be facilitating quarterly webinars, if you would like to host one or have a topic for a future webinar please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Harper, A., Dyches, T. T., Harper, J., Roper, S. O., & South, M. (2013). Respite care, marital quality, and stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 43(11), 2604-2616.
In this article, they found a direct correlation between the marital quality of parents of children with ASD and the amount of respite care they received. They found that respite care led to better marriage quality, less stress, and increased daily uplifts. It is amazing what respite care can do! Here is a diagram included in the article that does a nice job of explaining their findings:
You can access the full article here.