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BREAK Exchange Updates
Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-10 Pandemic
Thank you to everyone who attended our COVID19 webinar! Over 130 people participated. The Webinar recording is now available online at https://breakexchange.wisc.edu/webinars-preliminary-results-june-3-2020/. After viewing the webinar, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and thoughts on next steps. Please complete the feedback survey at bit.ly/SurveyResultsFeedback.
Global Assessment of Respite Care
Thank you to everyone who completed the global assessment of respite care survey! We received more than 75 responses from around the world!
We will be working on analyzing the survey soon, and are looking forward to sharing the results.
Member Profile Survey
We invite you to complete a short Member Profile Survey. The information you provide through the survey is publicly available in a searchable Member Database. The purpose of the Member Database is to help promote collaboration among members of the BREAK Exchange.
Join our Slack workspace
We now have a Slack workspace where you can easily have discussions on respite care and meet colleagues to collaborate with! To join the workspace, follow the instructions here to get involved.
Join the #CaregivingDuringCovid Campaign!
Congratulations to our winners of the #CaregivingDuringCovid Challenge, Jerry and Lauren! What a great way to stay safe while providing important cares.
During this time of change and uncertainty, we want to see what caregiving looks like to you! We are continuing our campaign on our social media pages called the #CaregivingDuringCovid Challenge. For this campaign, we are asking people to post a picture that demonstrates how caregiving looks for them during this time! We would love to see a multitude of different perspectives.
To participate in this campaign, visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, and post what caregiving looks like for you!
Lightfoot, E., & Moone, R. P. (2020). Caregiving in Times of Uncertainty: Helping Adult Children of Aging Parents Find Support during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 1-11. doi:10.1080/01634372.2020.1769793.
This article explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed caregiving in the United States. It outlines the adaptive and emergency support services for family caregivers, the types of changes in family caregiver support, and other ways family caregiving might seek forms of informal support during the virus.
- Many times a major relief and support system for family caregivers is adult day programs. These are especially helpful for caregivers who are employed or need to get errands done during the day. Many states have required these programs to shut down during the pandemic.
- Caregiver support services had to find ways to adapt and continue to provide support, while complying with social distancing guidelines. Some of the ways they did this included:
- Conducting caregiver consultations over the phone, Skype, or Zoom.
- Contacting clients over the phone to make sure their needs are being met
- Providing in-home respite care via video conferencing
- Increasing email communication with ideas for activities that can be done from home
- Caregivers of older adults that live in long-term care facilities have also had to adapt and find new ways to stay connected with their loved ones such as:
- Telephone or video calls have become the main way to stay connected with their relative
- Using devices such as tablets or laptops to play interactive games together
Setting up penpals with friends and family members
- Greeting their loved ones through the window while talking with them on the phone
- There are many other ways that caregiving has had to change during COVID-19, including how essential items are delivered, how information is conveyed, and how the care of a loved one is monitored
You can access the full article here.