Senate Bill 177 (SB 177) Family Caregiver Respite Support

Senate Bill 177 (SB 177) Family Caregiver Respite Support

A Letter to:

The Honorable Ed Hernandez, O.D.

Chair, Senate Health Committee

State Capitol, Room 2191

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator Hernandez:

CARE TO CAREGIVER is writing to express our support for SB 177 (Nguyen) Family Caregiver Respite Support, which will appropriate funds to the 11 statewide Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) to reinstate much-needed respite care services to unpaid family caregivers.

Studies show that as many as 50% of unpaid family caregivers suffer from depression. In California alone, approximately 4.5 million unpaid family caregivers are giving up their jobs, life and health to be a caregiver for a loved one.

They deserve a break.

Caregivers and their loved ones need respite from the exhaustion and demands of caregiving, to prevent further illness.

Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person being cared for continues to receive assistance in a safe environment. Respite supports and strengthens a caregiver’s ability to stay healthy and able to give the best care possible to their loved-one.

Every day, we receive phone calls and emails from sons, daughters, wives and husbands who are caring for an elderly or infirm loved-one. These family caregivers are crying out for help and support. They have no place to go.

CRCs are the lead California agency exclusively serving and supporting unpaid family caregivers through respite and counseling services. SB 177 will enable CRCs to provide desperately needed respite for caregivers statewide. This the respite break will enable caregivers to take mental and physical care of themselves.

I have seen firsthand how CRCs provide a vital safety net for family caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury, stroke or related dementias. Without respite services, caregivers will likely require emergency room visits, hospitalization and other more expensive services.

CARE TO CAREGIVER is driven to help these families before they become victim to poor health, depression and poverty.

Caregivers need a break before they break themselves and we believe CRCs are one of the best ways to do this.

We respectfully request your support for SB 177 Family Caregiver Respite Support.

Sincerely,

Anette Asher, Founder and CEO      Care To Caregiver

Senate Health Committee Members:

Senator Ed Hernandez (Chair),  Senator Janey Nguyen (Vice Chair),  Senator Toni Atkins,  Senator Connie Leyva,  Senator Holly Mitchell,  Senator Bill Monning, Senator Josh Newman,  Senator Jim Nielsen,  and  Senator Richard Roth

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