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Respite program offers relief for caregivers

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2005) -- Ohio University’s Respite Volunteer Program offers in-home relief for caregivers in the Athens area who see to the needs of adults with health challenges such as Alzheimer's disease, head injury or mobility problems due to accidents or aging.

The six-year-old program sends trained student volunteers from the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences to homes within an approximately 15 mile radius of Athens. Caregivers have the option of leaving the home for a short time or remaining with the volunteers. Activities are tailored to the needs and desires of participating families.

To be eligible for the respite program’s services, those being cared for must meet the following criteria:

  • Walk independently or with minimal assistance, or independently use a wheelchair.
  • Take their own medicine, if medication is needed during respite visits.
  • Be able to go to the restroom themselves or require minimal assistance.
  • Have no acute problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Have no communicable diseases.

Brooke Hallowell, director of the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, oversees the program. To find out more about the program or to apply for services, contact her at (740) 593-1356 or hallowel@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: Health and Human Services Director of Communication Jody Grenert (740) 593-1433 or grenert@ohio.edu

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