Seniors in Williamsburg now have the opportunity to receive respite scholarships from Williamsburg United Methodist Church, according to a release from the church.
The Respite Care program provides time off for family members or caregivers who care for seniors with special needs, the church’s website said. Special needs may include dementia, early stage Alzheimer’s and other physical or mental disabilities.
Williamsburg United Methodist will now offer respite scholarships to 12 dependent seniors in a daily stimulating environment. A specialized activity plan is developed based on each individual’s needs.
From 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., seniors will be engaged in music, art, education and conversation. The church’s Care Team is comprised of screened and trained volunteers.
The respite program began in 2001 with the goal of providing breaks for caregivers as well as socialization opportunities to seniors. Socialization is known to curb depression, feelings of helplessness and provide seniors with a sense of purpose and belonging, according to the release.
Scholarships provide visits to respite, which normally cost about $50 a day.
To qualify for a scholarship, the family of the senior must be within a certain monthly income range and meet the acuity guidelines at respite. An interview and enrollment application must be completed along with the scholarship applications.
To learn more information call 757-229-1771 at extension 354.