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KU Works for Kansas and so does SEKRS!

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Photo of Diane Salyers with respite family

Diane Salyers talks with family who receives respite care.

The hallmark of Respite Services is that qualified, skilled care providers go into the home to give caregivers a break or “respite” from their fulltime tasks of caring for loved ones of all ages who have health conditions or special needs. Participating families have the opportunity to identify their own provider or to select from a group of trained providers to ensure that the needs of the family can be best matched with the skills of the respite care provider. SEKRS care providers maintain current CPR and First Aid certifications, provide companionship and friendship, prepare and serve meals, provide appropriate physical assistance as needed, as well as other tasks and responsibilities to assure the safety and well being of the person in their care.
Families say: “I just want to say that this service has been a tremendous blessing to our family. The care providers are wonderful. My daughter likes them and is always pleased to know one of them is coming.” “No one can imagine just how much we care when someone, somewhere offers a helping hand.”

“I feel like the Respite Program and all involved in it go out of their way to meet my family’s needs.”

Last year, 215 families counted on Southeast Kansas Respite Services and received 23,640 hours of respite from the care required by a loved one with special needs. (data current 7/13/2010) Diane Salyers, SEKRS coordinator says, “Respite services are so unique because they target the caregiver. A caregiver’s job is not easy.

Caregivers often put their own physical and mental health on the back burner because their loved ones needs cannot wait. Instead of pushing themselves to the point of burn-out, caregivers need to give themselves permission to take time for themselves which in turn really benefits their loved one. Respite is a win-win situation.”
In addition to Respite Services, SEKRS , Inc. programs include Coordinated Resource and Support Services, a crisis intervention program for persons with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and intellectual disabilities; Representative Payee Program, a program providing necessary support for management of finances; and Administration of Grants.
SEKRS, Inc. is a regional program supported through a unique collaborative partnership within communities of Southeast Kansas, including leaders from the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) at Parsons, Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, CLASS LTD, Tri-Valley Developmental Services, Labette Community College, Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Labette Center for Mental Health Services. For additional information about Respite Services or their other programs, visit their web site.

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