Hospice of Ukiah Newsletter
I have a Dream About What’s to Come
By Dr. Werra
I have a dream, perhaps an impossible dream. A dream that our Hospice can furnish Respite Care to the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients in their homes.
When hospice came to our shores it changed from a place to a service primarily in our patient's homes. A respite volunteer was added to the Hospice Medical, Nursing, Social Service and Chaplaincy team. The respite volunteer gives companionship to the patient and a much needed break to their round the clock caregiver.
What about giving a break to the Alzheimer's caregiver? I propose we start volunteer respite care for caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. How? Solicit volunteers? Give them Alzheimer's training. Solicit Alzheimer's patient caregivers. Coordinate periodic respite breaks when convenient for both. No skilled service would be necessary. The only commitment would be a little volunteer time. A part time coordinator could facilitate this program.
Dr. Werra’s dream was not impossible. It is now a reality!
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Respite Care program is up and running. We have a team of trained volunteers waiting to give families and Alzheimer’s & Dementia patients their support.
A brochure is available to explain the free services. Call Hospice of Ukiah at 707 462-
f you know someone who could use a break from the 24/7 caregiving of an Alzheimer’s or Dementia patient, please refer them to us. If you are yourself caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, please call Elizabeth Santos at 707 367-
If you are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Caregiver Respite Volunteer, or just want to learn more about the disease and learn practical strategies for dealing with your own challenge, you may take the Alzheimer’s training provided on this website.
In addition to our program, there are other free support services for Caregivers:
A Caregiver Support Group meets at Community Care (301 So. State Street, Ukiah) on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10 to noon. For more information call Redwood Caregivers Resource Center at 800 834-
A Caregiver group meets at the Redwood Coast Senior Center (490 Harold St., Fort Bragg) on the 1st Friday from 10:30 to noon. Call Elizabeth Morton at 961-
Redwood Caregivers Resource Center offers educational meetings on the 3rd Wed. from 10 to noon at the Ukiah Senior Center (499 Leslie Street, Ukiah). Space is limited – call Marsha at 542-
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