Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Caregivers can get a break with respite care scholarships

Williamsburg United Methodist Church will provide respite care scholarships for seniors. (WYDaily/Flickr)
Williamsburg United Methodist Church will provide respite care scholarships for seniors. (WYDaily/Flickr)

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.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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