“Caregiver” is a broad term that includes anyone who cares for a person with extensive needs, like a child with a disability, or an older adult. If you are a parent, grandparent, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, friend, neighbor, or professional who provides care for another person, you are a caregiver. Caregiving is different for everyone. Here are some examples of what caregiver looks like:
► Running everyday errands like grocery shopping or going to the post office for a loved one who can no longer do so themselves.
► Helping a loved one do day-to-day activities like getting dressed, eating or taking a shower.
► Organizing a loved one’s medical treatment and taking them to appointments.
► Managing a loved one’s finances.
► Living with a loved one because it is unsafe for them to live by themselves.
A program of Easterseals Colorado, Colorado Respite Coalition exists to encourage caregivers to take a break. Our vision is that all Colorado family caregivers have access to quality respite care resources—resources that allow them to take a break from caregiving—through a sustainable network that promotes collaboration and innovation.
We strengthen Colorado’s statewide lifespan respite care resource network for family caregivers and professionals. We help families and professionals connect with respite care and caregiving resources three ways:
Nearly 4 in 10 Americans now have a caregiving role. With the rise of a pandemic, that number is most certainly higher. Unfortunately, caregivers often worry about their own health and wellness last. Caregivers face a higher rate of depression, anxiety, and chronic medical conditions than non-caregivers. Incorporating self-care techniques into a daily routine is a must to help caregivers stay healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally, especially in the midst of a Stay at Home order.
Our Caregiver Wellness Toolkit will provide you the resources to manage the challenges of providing care and information on how to
better take care of yourself. Download it here.
Explore respite funding sources, compensation for caregivers, and resources
The Navigating Respite Care in Colorado Guide is for family caregivers and professionals to help navigate the respite system and caregiver supports in Colorado. This guide is a great starting place to learn about your options and what resources are available to caregivers.
The guide is available in English and Spanish, in hard copy and online.
Our online resource finder allows you to explore up-to-date resources in your areas. Whether you are looking for providers, learning materials, events, or trainings, the resource finder will help you get started.