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Caregiver and Respite Services

Caregiver Support 

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 spouse to doctors’ appointments? If so, you are a caregiver. While being a caregiver to a loved one can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Easterseals has many services and programs for individuals with a disability, special need, or aging condition, but you, their caregiver, need support as well.  

Respite Services information here.

Caregiver Resource Center

Whether you are looking for a day program for your aunt, or funding to purchase an adapted van, our experienced Case Managers in Easterseals Caregiver Resource Centers will answer your questions and provide you with information to help you in your important role as a caregiver. Find resources and information that will help with caring for a loved one with a disability or aging condition through this free service.

This service is partially funded through the state Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, but is available to caregivers with loved ones across the lifespan. Stop in the Caregiver Resource Center in either New Castle or Georgetown to talk to a Case Manager and browse the pamphlets and books available for you as a caregiver, or call 302-221-2076 (NC) or 302-253-1129 (Georgetown) to connect with our knowledgeable staff. 

Resource & Technology Demonstration Center

Assistive Technology, whether low-tech or high-tech, can help your loved one be more independent, or make life easier for you as a caregiver.  Simple devices such as weighted utensils or Velcro clothing to more complex items such as fall sensing mats or an adapted kitchen are all on display in the Resource & Technology Demonstration Center. Housed in the New Castle location, visitors can try hundreds of pieces of equipment and learn more about assistive technology which may benefit you or your loved one. 

Since Easterseals does not sell any devices, nor receive commissions from manufacturers, you can rest assured that staff will help you find the right products for your situation.  And since most assistive technology is not funded through insurance, our Case Managers will search for funding options which may be available. Drop in the Resource and Technology Demonstration Center during regular business hours, or call 302-221-2076 or 302-253-1129 to talk with one of our Case Managers. 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the center. 

Click here for a downloadable flyer on the Resource and Technology Demonstration Center. (.pdf)  

FYI: Finance Your Independence

Much of the assistive technology that may benefit someone with a disability, or their caregiver, is not covered by insurance. While many devices are relatively inexpensive, i.e. adapted utensils, elastic shoelaces, many other items are costlier and may require payments over a period of time. In collaboration with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Easterseals has partnerships with lending institutions which can help finance assistive technology with lower interest loans. Whether you are looking for an adapted van to transport your child who uses a wheelchair, modifications to your home so your mother can move in with you, hearing aids for your spouse, or an adapted computer for your home business, the Finance Your Independence (FYI) Program may be the answer. Our Case Manager will help you through the process and answer all your questions. For more information, call 302-221-2076 or email resources@esdel.org. Click here for a downloadable flyer.

Caregiver Education and Support

Throughout the year, Easter Seals offers workshops, support groups and other events for caregivers. The purpose is to provide resources and practical tools and tips, as well as information on how caregivers can take care of themselves. A monthly Caregiver Support Group is offered in both our New Castle and Georgetown locations where caregivers share their own, and learn from others’, experiences in caregiving. Free workshops on topics such as Fall Prevention, caring for a Loved One with Dementia, Financial Planning, and other timely subjects, are offered throughout the year in both our New Castle and Georgetown locations. Check our events page for current and upcoming events

Our signature event is the Annual Caregiver Conference which brings together caregivers, professionals and providers to learn about caregiving issues and share solutions and ideas. This free conference is co-sponsored by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities and offers an opportunity for learning, networking and sharing.

Respite Services

Providing care to a loved one with a disability, special need or aging condition often leaves a caregiver feeling tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Caregivers occasionally need rest and relief – also known as respite! Respite is a break from caregiving, whether it occurs weekly or sporadically throughout the year, and it’s different for everyone.  For all caregivers, however, it allows a chance to take care of yourself.

At Easterseals we offer several types of respite services (anchor link to the “Check out other Easterseals respite services below.) but, we also offer funding for respite through the Easterseals Lifespan Respite Program which helps caregivers pay for respite care through three grant programs. These grant programs allow caregivers to pay a trusted relative, friend, neighbor, etc. to watch their loved one while they take a break from their caregiving responsibilities for a brief period or even an extended vacation.

Check out FAQs about Respite!

Lifespan Respite Program

Through Easterseals Lifespan Respite Program, whether you are caring for a child with special needs, a spouse with a disability or an aging relative, you may apply for up to $500 in grant funding to pay for respite. This program, a result of the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network, is partially funded through the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities but serves caregivers and care recipients across the lifespan. Click here to learn more about the program and to apply

Relative Respite

If you are a grandparent or other relative 55 or older, caring for a child under 18, you may qualify for the Relative Respite Program. Through this program, partially funded through the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, relatives raising children whose parents are no longer able to, can apply for funds of up to $250 per child for respite care. Click here to learn more about the program and to apply.

DDDS Respite

The state Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) provides respite funds to caregivers who are caring for individuals who qualify for services though DDDS. Easterseals works with DDDS to support these families through the respite process. If you are unsure if you already receive respite funding or qualify for services through DDDS, contact our office at 302-221-2076 and we will help! 

Check out these other Easterseals services that families may choose to provide care for their loved one as they take a break from caregiving:

Adult Day Care 

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. 

In-Home Services

Easterseals can send a 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. Easterseals 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.  

Personal Attendant Services

If you are a person with disabilities and meet eligibility requirements, Easterseals 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. 

Easterseals Camp Fairlee   

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 Easterseals 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 Easterseals Camp Fairlee are equally available to all persons in all states. 

Saturday Day Camp

One Saturday per month, Easterseals 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), and either living with family or in Shared Living. Participation requires that the individual has available respite funding through DDDS’s Lifespan Waiver allotment or through private pay. To confirm if funding is available before applying for Saturday Day Camp, please contact Bonnie Hummer with DDDS at 302-933-3140 or bonnie.hummer@state.de.us For info on the New Castle Saturday Day Camp, contact Jeanne Conners at 302-221-2280 or jconners@esdel.org. For info on Sussex contact Natasha Shrieves at 302-253-1133 or nshrieves@esdel.org.

Click here for an application.

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