Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative, funds innovative collaborative projects that are reimagining and increasing respite opportunities for family caregivers of older adults. Respite, a period of rest or relief, can play a key role in reinforcing caregiver well-being and effectiveness, leading to better health, social-emotional outcomes, and lower costs of care for family caregivers and older adults they care for. Simply knowing respite services are available can lower caregiver stress by 70%. Caregivers need support to find time to rest, clear their minds, and take a breath. That’s why we’re here to help.
To date, Exhale has helped teams of organizations learn and apply creative problem-solving techniques and work together to increase respite opportunities for family caregivers of older adults. Through this program, three successful pilot projects were created: Caregiver Tech Solutions, Intergenerational Enrichment and Educational Respite Program, and Musical Memories Café.
Exhale has three components:
- Training and capacity building in creative problem solving and project management
- Grant funding of pilot projects or other innovative initiatives that support respite for family caregivers
- Supporting effective implementation, sustainability, and expansion of pilots through a learning community for grantee partners
EXHALE TIMELINE >>
LEARN MORE ABOUT PHASE 1 PILOT INITIATIVES >>