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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

Respite resources for family caregivers during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
By Douglas Flynn / March 27, 2018

There are no boundaries when it comes to caring for a loved one. No age restrictions. No time limits. No special criteria. When a loved one needs care, a caregiver provides that care.

While Caregiving MetroWest focuses primarily on caring for older adults, caregivers - and care recipients - come in all shapes and sizes, and especially in all ages.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, with this year's theme being "Together We Have No Limits." And before we close out this month we wanted to be sure to share some resources for those caring for a child or adult with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center has introduced a new fact sheet with resources for family caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of this year's awareness campaign. "Nine Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" provides a "pathway to get the break you deserve" while caring for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability.

ARCH also has  a number of other helpful publications and links for more information and resources for those caring for a loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The National Disability Rights Network has more information about this year's awareness month, as well as some state-based resources for Massachusetts, while the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) also has a large selection of information and resources for caregivers.

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