I started working for the TRC six months ago, and I have to say I have never been more proud to be a part of such an organization. I am surrounded by a staff that is so kind, helpful and dedicated to the families in need of respite. I have learned so much about the important needs of family caregivers, and I hope to help spread the word about such an essential non-profit organization.
Recently, the TRC held a fund raising event titled “The Art of Time” where original works of art were made available at both silent and live auctions. It was a great event and a good time for those who came out. At the event, one of the caregivers that has benefitted from TRC’s respite program told us about her 90-year-old mother who lives with her and her husband and what a blessing our respite program has been to her family. I remember thinking “this is what it’s all about.”
This year marked five years since the passing of my grandmother. Of all my grandparents, I was especially close to Granny, who lived across the holler, as we say in the South, from our house. Her home was my refuge during hot Tennessee summers before my parents had air conditioning, an escape from a new baby brother, a place to bake cookies and play dress-up with costume jewelry and silk scarves. She was my baby-sitter, my reading teacher, my cooking instructor.
While most people dread the time of year to file taxes; there could be big potential for most caregivers to benefit in tax deductions! There are resources that provide caregivers a better understanding of tax laws, and facilitate potential tax reimbursements that are available when supporting a loved one.
Happy New Year! Instead of making resolutions that we can’t keep, it’s time to make goals for yourself that are attainable and actually something to look forward to!
TIME FOR ME!
It’s a good idea for Caregivers to create a list of things they would like to do, when they are given the gift of Respite. Whether it mean going for a walk in the park, talking to a friend, napping, writing a letter, going to see a movie….have something planned so you can really enjoy yourself! You deserve it!
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