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!
BREAK Exchange Updates
We want to hear from you! We are working to gather resources on how people are adapting short break services, and want to hear how you are adapting. Please email us at email@example.com to share what you’re doing so we can help others in these times.
On Thursday, April 2nd from 1:00-2:00 PM CDT, we will be hosting a webinar “Supporting Caregivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. We’ll be discussing resources on how to support caregivers during the pandemic.
BREAK Exchange promoting the importance of respite care
Earlier this month, we presented at MEDLIFE. It was a great opportunity to share the importance of respite care to future healthcare professionals.
We are finalizing the member survey
Our group has been reviewing the survey and constantly updating it in order to allow us to connect potential collaboration between our membership, Understand where we can improve the Exchange, and obtain an understanding of the current state of respite care around the world! Please look for the survey in the upcoming weeks and fill it out. We can only improve the lives of people with disabilities and carers with as much input from our membership as possible!
Given the tremendous uncertainty in the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with deep regret that the International Short Break Association (ISBA) and its cohosts have decided to postpone the 2020 International Short Break (Respite) Association Conference scheduled for June 16-18, in Madison, WI. We are currently exploring the possibility of rescheduling for next spring or early summer. We will reach out shortly with more information, including information about next steps related to your registration fees.
Czaja, S. J., Lee, C. C., Perdomo, D., Loewenstein, D., Bravo, M., Moxley, J. H., & Schulz, R. (2018). Community REACH: An Implementation of an Evidence- Based Caregiver Program. Gerontologist, 58(2), e130–e137. https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.wisc.edu/10.1093/geront/gny001
Our article of the month for March is Community REACH: An Implementation of an Evidence- Based Caregiver Program. This article describes and presents outcomes of a community- based implementation for the evidence-based Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) II Program. It found that caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s disease reported less depression, burden, and being bothered by the recipient’s memory problems by the end of the intervention!
- At 6 months, caregivers reported significant decreases in depression, burden, being bothered by the care recipient’s memory problems
- Significant decline in the number of caregivers at risk for clinical depression
- Increase in feelings of social support
- Improvements were maintained at 12 months
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