The Giving Coast
WEDNESDAY JAN 18, 2023 |
Parc Heart for Disabilities just lately acquired a $25,000 donation from Duke Vitality Florida for its Nationally Acknowledged Caregiver Reduction Companies. Jeff Baker, Authorities and Group Relations Supervisor of Duke Vitality Florida, stopped by Parc to current Caregiver Reduction with the examine. The donation funds the continuation of significant reduction providers after the division’s present funding supply ended final 12 months. It will enable the division to proceed offering respite providers to enrolled households who can not afford them.
“The work that Caregiver Reduction is doing really adjustments lives, and at Duke Vitality, one of many issues that motivates us is to know that the packages we’re investing in are making a distinction locally,” Baker said through the examine presentation. Established in 2010, Caregiver Reduction is a pillar for households in want of help. The division, led by Whitney Stout and Kelly Barrie, is designed to supply short-term breaks to alleviate stress for households elevating a baby with a recognized incapacity, developmental delay, or documented trauma. It at present serves 60 households throughout Pinellas County and allocates 15 to 35 hours of service per thirty days to every household. In June, ARCH Nationwide Respite Community and Useful resource Heart named Caregiver Reduction an Revolutionary and Exemplary Respite Service, an award solely 5 packages throughout the nation acquired. Whitney had the chance to talk at an ARCH convention in September, the place she was additionally introduced with this award.
Caregiver Reduction Companies helps households with youngsters with particular wants, offering helps and assets to forestall baby abuse and neglect, cut back caregiver stress and burnout, and hold the household unit intact to scale back out of residence, foster care placements. During the last 13 years, Parc’s Caregiver Reduction Companies has supplied Kai, a 16-year outdated boy with cerebral palsy, seizure dysfunction and several other cognitive delays, and his household alternatives to work, share high quality time, protect constructive psychological well being, and nurture and preserve their household unit.
Kai first got here to Parc Heart in 2010 when his mom sought help from Caregiver Reduction Companies. Due to his disabilities, Kai has restricted mobility and should use a wheelchair when he leaves the home. Kai’s mom, a single dad or mum, discovered it more and more troublesome to get him out of the home as he grew older. Not solely do they lack a wheelchair-accessible automobile, however Kai, like every other teenager, has a low tolerance for frustration and struggles even in a small grocery retailer. Caregiver Reduction Companies was in a position to reply shortly and supply Kai and his mom with the help they wanted. Kai and his Caregiver Reduction Supplier, Tyyne, now go on many adventures whereas his mom will get to exit and take an important break free from her day by day caregiving obligations.
“I am very grateful for Caregiver Reduction,” says Kai’s mom, Kristie Jo Redfering. “As a single dad or mum elevating a baby with a incapacity, you possibly can really feel very remoted, however figuring out that I’ve the help of an skilled and caring service like Caregiver Reduction makes an enormous distinction in our lives.”
Pictured: Kai and Caregiver Reduction Supplier, Tyyne. Photograph courtesy of Parc Heart for Disabilities.