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Caregiver Respite: Especially Needed During A Pandemic

Sinead Hawkins

There can be a lot of stress in giving long-term care to someone you love. For many caregivers, the complications of the pandemic are escalating that stress. Compromised immune systems, exhaustion and short tempers can result. Mary Chaput, Program Director of Caregiver Supportin Anne Arundel County, talks about ways to access respite care and how to identify when it’s needed. She says it starts with the caregiver. Plus, Sinead Hawkins describes the delicate balance of working from home and caring for her sister with special needs.

Links: Anne Arundel County respite care referral program, Maryland resources for caregivers, Baltimore City resources for caregivers, online workshop What is Respite Care and How Do I Get It?,  Reader's Digest story by Sinead Hawkins.

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