News from: Alzheimers Coachella Valley
Alzheimers Coachella Valley (ACV) today announced its newest program to help family caregivers: Breathing Space scholarships for much needed respite care.
“Everyday someone walks in our doors or places a call to ask for help with their loved one who has dementia,” said Dom Calvano, ACV board president. “Often, it is a family caregiver who temporarily needs time away to care for themselves, whether to visit a doctor, attend an event, or simply to rest and relax.”
“Respite is vital for caregivers,” he continued. “It’s estimated that 70% of dementia family caregivers pass away before their loved ones because of stress-related health problems.”
Breathing Space provides scholarship dollars that may be used to help off-set costs for care at Vista Cove at Rancho Mirage day program, Eisenhower Memory Care Center, and other memory care communities, or for assisting with in-home care from licensed home care agencies.
Family caregivers of dementia patients are welcome to come to ACV’s office to fill out a Breathing Space scholarship application or call for an appointment, 760-776-3100. The office is located at 42600 Cook Street, Ste. 134, Palm Desert.
More About Alzheimers Coachella Valley
Alzheimers Coachella Valley is a community based 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit providing support and services for Coachella Valley residents living with cognitive impairment, their families and care partners. All funds raised remain local to fill the need for professional and peer-led programs.
Among ACV’s innovative programs are Traveling the Journey Together, an eight-week education and social series. Next series is Jan. 10-Feb. 28. Club Journey, a social and interactive time for caregivers and loved ones, meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Seven support groups throughout the valley, state-approved certified classes in Dementia Care Training and Meaningful Conversations with the Cognitively Impaired, as well as in-season speaker series at community organizations are part of ACV’s education programs.
All programs are free, supported by community grants, business and individual donors. This past year, ACV was named Desert Health Nonprofit of the year and was awarded the Berger Foundation Spotlight Grant for November, 2019. To become a donor, please visit http://www.cvalzheimers.org/donate.