Despite economic pressures, Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc. (SEKRS) begins Year 21 with a renewed commitment to respite services as an effective and cost efficient means of helping area families support their loved ones at home.
Diane Salyers, SEKRS Coordinator, says, "So many families are touched by the challenges that come with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and respite services can be a critical support that provides a needed break for the caregiver." For twenty years SEKRS has hired, trained and managed care providers performing respite services in the family home, sometimes for only a few hours but overnight respite is an option too.
Salyers noted that families sometimes need more supports and SEKRS has broadened its commitment in two ways, establishing the Payee Program and Homemaker Services. In fact, the SEKRS, Inc. Payee Program was recognized as the 2011 Business of the Year by an area community developmental disabilities organization at its annual awards ceremony.
The Payee Program works like this. SEKRS receives the Social Security and/or SSI payments for a person who cannot manage his or her own money or cannot direct another person to manage their money. Each person's funds are used to pay for their own expenses as they occur. As a fee for service program, SEKRS is permitted to charge a minimal fee for the services they provide. Diane Salyers credits Laura Doyle-Colvin, Accounting Specialist, "for her expertise and attention to the people who count on us getting it right."