Charles River helps older caregivers take a break

Adults caring for adult children with complex needs will soon have access to tailored respite planning services that offer short caregiving breaks through a new pilot program rolling out at Charles River.

With grant funding from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Charles River is creating an innovative respite planning pilot program.

“Parents, families and caregivers of adults who have complex or high needs disabilities are often limited in their ability to step away, take a break, and care for their own needs,” said Laurie Anastopoulos, Senior Director of In-Home and Family Supports. “With this grant, we can begin to address caregiver-specific respite needs.”

To implement this pilot, Charles River has hired a respite navigator to take the lead on developing the respite planning process. Charles River’s team of Family Support Navigators participated in eight hours of respite-focused training on the “Charting the LifeCourse” framework. With this training, the navigators will be able to facilitate respite conversations and determine appropriate “short breaks” for families.