When disability or illness strikes, many persons find themselves in the position of caring for another adult, often on a full time basis. But you don’t have to provide care 24/7 to be considered a caregiver. Are you handling your aging mother's bills? Do you take your grandfather to the grocery store once a week? Do you take time off work to drive your aunt to her doctor appointments? If so, you are a caregiver, and being a caregiver to a loved one can be rewarding as well as exhausting. Easter Seals has many services and supports that are designed to aid caregivers, and also to help caregivers take care of themselves.
Talk directly with a case manager who can guide you to resources that will help you and your loved one. In Delaware call 1-800-677-3800 or 1-302-324-4444.
Housed in the New Castle location, visitors can try hundreds of assistive devices on display and search through thousands of unique products in catalogs and DVD’s that will help your loved one gain greater independence at home. Easter Seals does not sell assistive devices. A tour guide or counselor can help you find the right products for your situation.
In collaboration with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, our partnerships with lending institutions can help finance assistive technology for home, work, or even vehicle modifications, with lower interest loans. Counselors help guide you through the process. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 221-2087.
Each April Easter Seals, along with other local disability organizations and the state of Delaware, present a conference and training opportunity primary for the family caregiver. The purpose is to provide resources and practical tools and tips for caregivers, as well as information on how caregivers can take care of themselves during times of stress.
Providing care to another adult often leaves a caregiver feeling tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Caregivers occasionally need rest, relief and “respite”! Easter Seals provides an array of different services that can provide occasional or regular respite. The services come in many different forms and provide respite in different ways.
This center based program is for adults 18 + who have physical disabilities. Seniors who are frail or elderly would qualify. Hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and transportation and meals are included. The staff nurse attends to medical needs while program coordinators provide a lively and stimulating environment with a choice of activities. Participants can come from 1 day to 5 days per week depending upon family needs. Many participants are short term as they recover from injury and illness, and this program allows them to continue to live at home while their caregiver benefits by being able to continue work or enjoy a break from caregiving. Offered at the Georgetown and New Castle locations.
Easter Seals can senda qualified caregiver into your home to provide help with the activities of daily living. Caregivers routinely provide help with dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, meal prep, companionship and conversation. Easter Seals can work with you to create regular schedule of care based on your needs. Care can be provided 24/7 or a minimum of two hours per visit. Available only in New Castle and Kent counties, Delaware.
If you are a person with disabilities and meet eligibility requirements, Easter Seals will train you to become an employer so that you can hire your own caregiver or attendant. In some cases, you can even pay your own family members to provide the attendant care you need at home, work or school. Available throughout Delaware.
Don’t let the word “camp” mislead you! This historic but modern facility, located near Chestertown, Maryland, has been offering recreation and respite services to children (ages 6 – 21) and adults (age 21+) with all types of disabilities since 1954. Camp services come in many forms, including traditional residential summer camp (6 day sessions) June through August, Weekend Respite sessions from October through May, and Travel Trips throughout the year to popular destinations.
Camp activities depend on the season but include many outdoor and indoor activities. Many parents and caregivers have used Easter Seals Camp Fairlee over the years to provide a highly specialized, accessible recreational adventure for their loved one while at the same time enjoying a period of respite where they take a vacation or do other activities. The services of Easter Seals Camp Fairlee are equally available to all persons in all states.
One Saturday per month, Easter Seals offers a 5 hour social/recreation respite option at the New Castle site at 61 Corporate Circle and in Georgetown. Participants must be 18 years or older and eligible for Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS). Participation does not affect the individual’s annual respite allocation from DDDS.
Saturday Social sessions will begin again in July and continue each month from September, 2015 through August, 2016.
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This program helps Delaware caregivers find and pay for respite care. Caregivers receive free information, guidance, and referrals to respite care providers throughout the state including those not affiliated with Easter Seals. They can also apply for up to $500 in financial assistance per care recipient per year. The Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network is overseen by an advisory committee representing consumers, state agencies, and service providers.