The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced the launch of Take Time Texas, a state clearinghouse of information for caregivers and providers of respite services.
“Having cared for my mother during her eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, I understand the overwhelming challenges that caregivers face every day,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound and chair of the Joint Select Committee on Alzheimer’s Disease and of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “This new resource represents our commitment to the millions of Texans impacted by family illness.”
Taketimetexas.org is a searchable database of more than 900 respite care providers across the state. Although similar databases exist on a national level, the inventory is the first to create a comprehensive listing of Texas respite providers. Caregivers can search for providers in their area by name, county served, type of respite provided, age group served or the type of provider.
The website also provides a wide range of caregiver education and training materials, including self-assessment tools, information on identifying and managing stress related to caregiving, disease-specific information and educational programs. For service providers, the website offers an array of training and outreach materials.
TakeTimeTexas.org was created in partnership with the Texas Respite Coordination Center, a grant-funded program of the Texas Association of Regional Councils, in collaboration with the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Written by John Yedinak