HOW LONG HAS RESPITE BEEN OPERATIONAL AT WILLIAMSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH?
In 2001, Peggy Soulen and Darla Krupski spearheaded the creation of Respite at WUMC. Over the years, Respite has evolved to become a flagship activity program for seniors. Acuity guidelines were developed to clearly define who we can serve to ensure an afternoon of stimulating activities and social engagement.
HOW IS RESPITE STRUCTURED?
Members have designated permanent days they attend weekly, from 1-5 days/week. Many families enjoy an extra day from time to time, when openings are available. When members are unable to attend, there is no charge; however, if absences become routine, number of permanent days may be revisited.
WHAT SETS RESPITE APART FROM OTHER LOCAL ADULT DAY PROGRAMS?
The key distinction is Respite’s unprecedented 1:3 staff to member ratio! Other programs offer a 1:6 ratio or are strictly volunteer driven. Many staff at Respite are retired RNs and LPNs who feel personal fulfillment from caring for seniors in our dynamic, uplifting, family environment.
Our cheery, bright dedicated space with just twelve (12) members daily, fosters personal relationships between members, staff and volunteers. As one member said, “I’m not sure where we all came from, but we are a family!”
There is no minimum number of days you must attend each week, and you are only charged for the days you attend.
IS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WITH FINANCIAL NEED?
Absolutely! The Peninsula Agency on Aging (PAA) can provide financial assistance based on their sliding scale. In addition, Respite’s scholarship program can help cover costs.
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