Incorporated in 1991, Southeast Kansas Respite Services has been making it possible for families/caregivers of individuals with special needs to have a break or rest from the constant care requirements of their loved ones. Respite services become necessary when the “typical sitter” is not trained to handle the situations that may arise, or perhaps, the family cannot find anyone who is willing to provide the special care.
Respite services are so important because it prevents parents/ caregivers from becoming overwhelmed and isolated. Having this break or rest rejuvenates the parents/caregivers and enables them to continue providing quality care. The key to successful care giving is to see that the caregiver has support. Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc has helped to provide this support to over 200 families since July, 2000.
The backbone of the services are the 90 providers in the surrounding nine counties who travel day and night to deliver the tender loving care that families have learned to count on. Respite providers come in all shapes and sizes and from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition to the 15 hours of initial training, continuing education is available. Current trainings include: CPR, Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the Elderly and Working with Children who have Severe Emotional Disturbances.
Referrals and support for these services come from: Area Agency on Aging, CLASS Ltd., Tri-Valley Developmental Services, Four County Mental Health, Labette Center for Mental Health, Crawford County Mental Health, The United Ways of Bourbon, Crawford and Labette Counties, Independence Community Chest, and Chanute United Way.
Staff includes: Diane Salyers, Laura Doyle, and Martha Morgan.