If you are a family caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, the Family Alzheimer’s In-Home Respite Program (FAIR) can provide a regular break for you, a few hours per week, while a trained worker stays with your loved one. FAIR is state-funded and available in all fifty-five WV counties.
Caring for a person with dementia can affect every part of your life, and it’s important to have a little time for yourself—to run errands, keep appointments, go shopping, attend your grandchild’s soccer or baseball game, or even take a nap. What you do while the worker is there is up to you. One caregiver described FAIR as “better than the best Christmas present I ever got.”
We are grateful that the state of West Virginia recognized the unique needs of caregivers and did something to help meet those needs. If you have a love one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and would like to know more about the FAIR Program, please call Dianna Mathews at 304-529-0393.