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Tennessee Respite Coalition
The Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) supports and advocates for family caregivers. It was established as a grassroots advocacy group in 1996, and evolved into a 501(c)3 service-focused organization in 2003. Its four main areas of service include: a toll-free helpline, advocacy, volunteer respite, and respite vouchers. Its mission is to ensure the quality of life for family caregivers through respite. The grant requested in this application will be used to fund respite vouchers for family caregivers, staff time and payroll benefits to support the voucher program, program-related travel volunteers, and postage needed for communicating with family caregivers and volunteers. The agency’s outcomes include: after receiving respite, 36 of 45 caregivers (80%) (35 families from respite vouchers and 10 from volunteer respite) will report: lower stress levels, Feeling they can better care for their loved ones, feeling a sense of control over how and when to use their respite, feeling better educated about caregiving and community resources, a desire to have respite again and/or no caregiving-related health problems. 28 of the 35 (80%) of caregivers using respite vouchers will report receiving respite at 1/3 less of the traditional rate of pay (resulting in increased respite time) because they are in control of the usage and negotiation.