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The RSVP Respite Care Program provides respite to caregivers both family members and professionals who provide 24/7 care to hundreds of senior Nevadans. Working with the Alzheimer’s Association, RSVP trains caregivers to care for their loved ones suffering from this debilitating disease.

The program assists caregivers with family members suffering from Attention-Deficit Disorder, Post Stroke, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, COPD, heart problems, head injuries, seizures, and other disorders. This assistance is key in lowering the stress levels of caregivers, by giving them a break to allow a healthier existence and longer life expectancy, and preventing the institutionalization of their loved ones. It is a free respite care service; however, donations are always gratefully accepted.

The highly trained RSVP volunteer members provide the caregiver with essential breaks for up to four hours a day to engage in enjoyable activities and attend to their own needs, helping reduce the stress and fatigue as a result of their tireless and unselfish efforts. It also provides the one being cared for with the experience of meeting someone new to talk with. Volunteer members are well prepared with extensive pre-service and in-service training.

This program is helping many elderly and disabled persons in Northern Nevada but more assistance is desperately needed. If you can volunteer a modest number of hours a month to provide respite for caregivers, or if you are a caregiver seeking help, please call Kathy Hanson at 775-687-4680, Ext. 117 or by email: khanson@nvrsvp.com.

In return for your service, you will receive a monthly stipend and be reimbursed for your mileage. What a wonderful way to reap the personal rewards that come from helping someone in need.