For Immediate Release

October 17, 2006

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


Care Providers of Special Needs Individuals To Meet

TYLER, TX -- On Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Andrews Center (2323 W. Front St.) the Respite Care Program, Andrews Center and Americorp Independence Project are hosting Respite Round Up an opportunity for family caregivers to learn more about respite care and how to receive this valuable service. After a brief presentation about the benefits of respite care, caregivers may visit with some of the agencies in the Tyler area that offer respite care or similar services.

Respite care is the provision of short-term care for a person with a disability for the purpose of providing relief to the family caregiver. Although caring for a family member with disabilities brings great rewards, it is also mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. Family caregivers often experience isolation and depression as well as many health issues related to stress such as headaches, stomach disorders, insomnia and back pain.

Respite care has been shown to improve family functioning, improve satisfaction with life, enhance the capacity to cope with stress, and improve attitudes toward the family member with a disability. Some caregivers have friends or family who provide this valuable service, however, many do not know have help in caring for their loved one and go for weeks, months, or even years without a break from their care giving responsibilities.

Family caregivers wanting more information on the Respite Care Program or to make a reservation for free child and/or adult care should call 903-595-3942 ext. 255.