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Respite

What is Respite?

Respite Care is temporary care provided so that the parent or other caregiver may receive a break from the responsibilities of care giving. The mission of the respite services is to reduce stress associated with the responsibilities of caring for children and to strengthen family and community relations by reducing the stress of parenting. The Jackson County Family Resource Center currently is the only agency providing respite to the seven western counties (Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, and Graham). The Jackson FRC currently serves over 200 families with respite services.

The goals of respite care services is to reduce the number of out-of-home placements, enhance the caregivers’ ability to maintain the child in the home, maintain and improve the stability of the family unit and to raise public awareness of the availability and uses of respite care as a preventive measure against abuse and neglect.

Voucher Respite.

The Jackson County Family Resource Center offers two kinds of voucher respite:

Families with children ages 3 – 17 that has a diagnosed developmental disability. This voucher-based program awards grants to families to help ease the responsibilities of caring for a child with special needs.

Families identified as being at risk for abuse/neglect. This voucher-based program is temporary relief for families with children ages’ birth-17. Families are eligible based on the presence of any of a number of strong challenges, or conditions documented to increase the likelihood of child abuse, neglect, or dysfunction in the home or community.

If you would like to apply for Voucher-Based respite or would like more information regarding the Voucher-Based respite program, please contact Carrie Swanson at (828) 586-2845 ext. 26. Click here for application.

“I feel that having alone time has made me a more enjoyable person to be around, which makes me a better parent.”

Family Rest Stop Program

The Family Rest Stop serves families in the seven western counties (Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, and Graham).

The Family Rest Stop Program is a temporary center-based model designed to reduce child abuse, neglect, and/or dysfunction by giving parents or other caregivers a break from the responsibilities of care giving. The mission of the Family Rest Stop is to provide quality respite services on a scheduled basis to children and their families to reduce stress associated with the responsibilities of parenting. To also, strengthen family and community relations by reducing stress.

Families are eligible based on the presence of strong challenges or conditions documented to increase the likelihood of child abuse and/or neglect, which is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Respite Coordinator.

Respite events are scheduled monthly depending on the need of the family and available funding. The Family Rest Stop operates from 9:00 – 3:00, three to four Saturdays a month. If you would like to enroll you family in the Family Rest Stop or would like more information regarding the Rest Stop please contact Carrie Swanson at (828) 586-2845 ext. 26.

“It has taken the financial burden off of me and allowed me to hire quality care for my child. Thank you so much.”

If you are interested in one of the Respite Programs please contact Carrie Swanson at (828) 586-2845 ext. 26 to schedule an appointment.

Family Caregiver Support Program

Completing the Care for Family Caregivers and Grandparents raising Grandchildren

The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established in November 2000 under the Older Americans Act to help support families caring for an aging loved one.  The U.S. Administration on aging reports more than 44 million family caregivers across our country are providing approximately $306 billion dollars worth of service annually to care for their loved ones.  Our family caregivers, not institutions, are the mainstay of long term care for older persons in the United States.

Who can receive assistance under the Family Caregiver Support program?

  • Family Caregivers of older adults (age 60 and older)
  • Caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (regardless of age)
  • Grandparents and relative caregivers (age 55 and older) of children not more than 18
  • Relative caregivers (age 55 and older) of an adult child (aged 19 – 55) with a disability (not including natural or adoptive parents)

Priority is given to persons in greatest social and economic need, including minority older individuals, older individuals with limited English proficiency, and older individuals caring for persons with severe disabilities.

The Family Caregiver Support Program provides five basic services for family caregivers including:

  •  Information about available services
  • Assistance gaining access to services
  • Support groups and caregiver training
  • Respite care vouchers
  • Supplemental services

If you are interested in one of the Respite Programs please contact Carrie Swanson at (828) 586-2845 ext. 26 to schedule an appointment