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BREAK Exchange Updates
Preliminary Results of the Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey
Thank you to everyone who filled out our COVID19 survey! A total of 244 individuals from 17 different countries responded to the Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey. The purpose of the survey was to understand the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on respite care services and identify best practices for supporting caregivers during this time.
We are looking forward to sharing the preliminary results of the survey during a webinar that will be co-hosted by the BREAK Exchange and the ARCH National Respite Network on June 3rd at 10:00 AM CDT. During the webinar, we will share key lessons learned about the impact of the pandemic on respite and caregiver services, including key challenges, how programs have adapted, new and innovative services that have been created, and helpful resources. We hope you can join us!
Caregiving in the U.S. 2020
The National Alliance for Caregiving partnered with AARP to release the Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report. Roughly every five years, since 1997, NAC and AARP have released research on the current status of caregiving in America. Data from these reports has been used and continues to be used to support further research on caregiving, as well as to inform government and corporate policy in support of family caregivers.
There are about 10 million more people providing unpaid care than 5 years ago. Most caregivers are women and typically care for people over the age of 50. The full report can be found here.
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.
Global Assessment of Respite Care
Do you or does your organization provide respite care? Are you a caregiver or care-recipient who uses respite care services? If so, we want to hear from you! Please complete the following survey by June 15, 2020 through the link below:
The purpose of this survey is to conduct a global assessment of the state of respite care. Survey responses will be summarized and shared with respite care partners to help identify best respite care practices and opportunities for improving respite systems. For reference, we are using the American terms “respite” for “short break” and “caregiver” for “carer”.
This survey is part of a research project being conducted by Kim Whitmore, PhD, RN, CPN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. Project partners include the BREAK (Building Respite Evidence and Knowledge) Exchange, the International Short Break Association, and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. If you have any questions about this survey, please email email@example.com.
Join the #CaregivingDuringCovid Challenge
During this time of change and uncertainty, we want to see what caregiving looks like to you! We are having a little competition on our social media pages called the #CaregivingDuringCovid Challenge. For this challenge 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. The picture with the most “likes” by June 15, 2020 will receive a $100 eGiftcard.
To participate in this challenge, visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page and follow the directions on the challenge post!
Willoughby, M, Woolford, MH, Young, C, Ibrahim, JE. Recommendations for reducing harm and improving quality of care for older people in residential respite care. Int J Older PeopleNurs. 2020; 15:e12273.
Our article of the month is Recommendations for Reducing Harm and Improving Quality of Care for Older People in Residential Respite Care. This study aimed to develop recommendations to reduce harm and improve the quality of care for those in residential respite care facilities. The researchers held two consultation forums with participants from existing networks who were chosen for their expertise on the topic.
Researchers came up with 11 finalized recommendations that they prioritized for implementation which included a planned preventative care model, facilities that specialize in residential respite care, optimizing information gathered on residents, and standardized procedures for admission, handovers, and discharge. The author stated that the priority is a planned preventative care model as many caregivers only use respite as a last resort when it becomes too much for them.
You can access the full article here.