Nebraska Statewide Respite Network
Families often feel high levels of emotional, physical and financial stress when they care for someone with special needs in the home. Because of the demands, many families do not have the occasional short term periods of rest and relief that are so important to everyone's health and family stability.
By providing breaks to the family, respite services are a vital support to the ability of families to provide continued care in the home. Respite services provide temporary, short-term care for families in crisis, foster parents, care givers of adults and children with disabilities or special needs person with Alzheimer's, frail elderly, or families simply needing a break.
Not only is respite a relief to families, it is often a relief to the service delivery system. By enabling the individual to remain in his/her own home, the need for out-of-home or institutional placement is reduced.
The Nebraska Respite Network was created in 1999 with the passage of legislation and is currently being implemented by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The purpose of the Nebraska Respite Network is to establish a statewide system for the coordination of respite resources that serve the life span.
Contracts are in place between DHHS and six local entities (one in each Service Area) who are responsible for Information and Referral for families needing access to respite, recruitment of respite providers, marketing activities to increase the public's awareness of respite, coordinating training opportunities for providers and consumers, and quality assurance and program evaluation.
Find respite providers in your area, along with additional information about Respite in Nebraska by using the Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS).
Below is a list of the respite coordinators in each area:
Central Region - Lydia Hovie
Southeast Region - Mary Shada
Eastern Region - Ellen Bennett
Southwest Region - Helena Janousek
Northern Region - Peggy Jensen
Western Region - Sherri Blome
For more Respite information, please contact:
Sharon J. Johnson
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Also, search the Nebraska Resource and Referral System to find more respite services.