Daycare offered each Thursday at First Baptist Church for patients to give caregivers a break
Providing care for Alzheimer's disease patients is stressful, so much so that caregivers often pass away before the patient does.
So the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County operates respite centers, including one in Taft, where patients can stay for a few hours to give the care giver some relief.
Caregivers go through what is called “compassion fatigue,” they told the council, and the stress takes a terrible toll.
“Statistically, the caregiver passes before the patient,” Eucce told the council.
No one is taking advantage of respite center in Taft.
It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street.
Kate Eucce, CEO, and Robin McGarrah, marketing and campaign facilitator for the ADAKC, spoke to the Taft City Council about the center and its lack of use.
They were ere to get the word out, so people can take advantage of the center and other services offered through ADAKC.
For more information, contact the ADAKC at (661) 393-8871 or toll free at (661) 393-8873
You can also contact the ADAKC via email by going through the group's website at www.adakc.org.